28 Days: How to Breathe Through Suffering

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today. 

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Day 7: Breathe through the Suffering

When your friends are experiencing the loss of a child…

Breathe in suffering. Breathe out compassion.

When your body feels broken…

Breathe in suffering. Breathe out compassion.

When the news breaks your heart, and you touch the car radio, crying…

Breathe in suffering. Breathe out compassion. 

We can heal ourselves and each other…Breathe In. Breathe Out.


Today’s healing act is in honor of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47. The students at Sandy Hook Elementary loved Principal Hochsprung. “I never saw her without a smile,” said Aimee Seaver, mother of a first-grader. Hochsprung lived with her husband, two daughters and three stepdaughters. The longtime career educator majored in special education for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 1990s and had just entered the Ph.D. program at Esteves School. *source info

More from 28 Days:

 Response to Connecticut: A Prayer. A Plea.
An Ongoing Response
Tools for Tragedy
28 Days Main Page (info/graphics)
Day 1: The Healing Power of Whimsy (600 Monsters)
Day 2: Inhale Compassion, Exhale Love
Day 3: The Sandy Hook Promise (video)
Day 4: Say Thanks
Day 5: Know Better (podcast on race and gun violence) 
Day 6: Believe in Your Fellow Humans

Laurie February 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

Yes. Breathe and believe has long been a sacred mantra for me.
How can we not?
Dawn’s smile is absolutely radiant…may her positive and loving influence be carried on through those whose lives she touched.

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