The routine didn't get any easier. A week full of funerals isn't natural and the pain is still as sharp as the day they lost their beloved ones. Newtown buried the last victims of the Sandy Hook shootings this weekend, but they can't bury what happened on December 14.
Emilie Parker, 6 years old, was among those buried on Sunday. The image of a little blonde girl won't leave us as her father, Robbie Parker, has been extremely vocal about his devastating loss. Her two little sisters, spitting images of her, posed with President Obama for a picture during a Newtown vigil. She, just like the 19 other children shot in the rampage, have gripped our hearts.
"Everything was special to Emilie," her aunt, Jill Garrett told reporters outside the church. "Emilie was an example to not only her little sisters but to her family, to all her little friends. And now she's an example to the world about purity ... tragedy and forgiveness."
According to CNN, Emilie was supposed to be an angel in a Christmas show at church, which she never had the chance to do:
But the songs -- "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Silent Night" -- were played during her funeral. Her two little sisters sang along, smiled, danced, even took flowers off Emilie's casket and threw them into the air.
Josephine Gay, who had turned 7 years old just days before the massacre, was also buried in an emotional ceremony.
On a Facebook memorial page, people remembered Josephine as "a beautiful little angel."
Six-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene was remembered for her angelic singing voice.
A representative for her father, the jazz musician Jimmy Greene, described the girl as "beautiful and vibrant."
On a Facebook memorial page, Ana was remembered as a smart and "sweet caramel princess" -- part African-American, Puerto Rican, Canadian and Irish -- who loved math picture problems, arts and crafts, ballet and "loved people fiercely."
The home-going services are all done, but the tears and suffering are sure to plague the nation for years to come. We will continue praying for the town of Newtown and the families affected. Newtown, you are not alone.