Happy Birthday, Lauren Rousseau

I never met Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, who was murdered in December 2012 by a disturbed young man who had likewise never met her, but whose doting mother had provided him with access to high-powered firearms and who had made sure he was well trained in how to use them. Continue reading

“I Shall Imagine Life”

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By E.E. Cummings

Presented in honor of the 34th birthday of Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau

I shall imagine life
is not worth dying, if
(and when) roses complain
their beauties are in vain

but though mankind persuades
itself that every weed’s
a rose, roses (you feel
certain) will only smile

~

Lauren’s story is so much more than the story of her passing – and yet a Google search will find mostly the story of her passing. We can overcome that. Today is June 8, 2016 – the day Lauren Rousseau would turn 34. Spend some time with her story and with her family. Learn something about Lauren’s life. Your understanding of her will become a part of her legacy.

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Meet Lauren Rousseau

These are links to stories and commentary about Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, of Danbury, a teacher who died Dec. 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

From Lauren’s mother, a year after the tragedy.

A year of grief and gratitude

Commentary, which includes a poem by Lauren’s sister, Emily.
From Emily

From The Hartford Courant, Dec. 31, 2012.
“It Could Have Been …”

A photo of her memorial service in Danbury.
First Congregational Church

A story about her memorial service (with photographs).
“An Angel …”

From The News-Times, where Lauren’s mother works.
“The Best Year …”