DECEMBER 17, 2012- Grief can weigh heavily on the heart, and although the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened in Newtown, Connecticut, experts say we can still feel the effects right here in Erie.
Twenty elementary school children along with six women
who worked in Sandy Hook Elementary will be buried in
Local grief experts say it's inevitable to relate to both the victims and their family members... especially if we've encountered similar trauma...
"My heart sank... all I could think was parents and what they're going through and how the world stopped at that moment.... Because I remember when I was taken with Maggie passing," says Renea Kovski.
Renea Kovski experienced grief first hand. She relates to the tragedy as her 2-year- old
daughter Maggie drowned on
"It's been 5 1/2 years and we still are trying to find our way through this difficult time of the year... especially this time of the year. That's going to be hard on parents because holidays are hard enough," says Kovski.
Kovski says she went through a whirlwind of emotions and the grieving process affects everyone...
"Need to be as gentle with themselves and give themselves permission to grieve and they need to grieve. Don't let other people tell how to grieve."
"We're feeling it from
Nina Ferraro of
"It's very important for children to talk about what they're feeling and for adults to listen to what they're saying... as well as validate the feeling they hear under the words," says Ferraro.
Holding a candle light vigil.
That vigil will also pay respect to a lot of the children
who come to
This ceremony is not open to the public.