HOT BLAST: 'I’m always one minute farther away from my life with Daniel,' Newtown father says
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Over the weekend The Washington Post produced a must-read story on a Newtown, Conn., family coping with the death of killing of their son, Daniel, during the Sandy Hook massacre: After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet.

The article by Eli Saslow follows the comings and goings of the Bardens - Mark and Jackie, as well as their two surviving children - in the months following the mass-shooting that left 26 dead.

Here's an excerpt:

"It sometimes felt to Mark in these moments like his grief was still deepening, like the worst was yet to come. After the gunfire, the funerals, the NRA protests and the congressional debates, they were finally coming into the lonely quiet. They were coming to the truth of what Newtown would become. Would it be the transformative moment in American gun policy that, in those first days, so many had promised? Or another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Gabby Giffords, Aurora — one more proper noun added to an ever-growing list? The FBI had closed its temporary Newtown office. Politicians in Washington were moving on to other issues. Scariest of all to Mark, he was starting to forget little things, too, losing pieces of Daniel to the recesses of his mind, so he had started a journal to log memories before they disappeared.

" 'I’m always one minute farther away from my life with Daniel,' he had written one day. 'The gulf keeps getting bigger.' "

The entire story is here.

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