First Sandy Hook Funerals Pose Opportunity for Celebration in Midst of Grieving, says Faith-based Website, Followme.org

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As Newtown families bury two victims of Friday's shooting, celebrating lives lost is a critical element of the grieving process, says faith-based website, followme.org.

In the wake a national tragedy like this, individual lives can become mashed together into single statistics about mass murders. But part of the healing process...is actively trying to remember each of the victims lost in this shooting.

"Mourning and celebrating go hand-in-hand in the process of grieving child loss. We celebrate that these lives ever existed, even if we mourn that they were cut short," says followme.org.

That statement came today as families of Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, two six-year-olds, held funerals for their boys after Friday's brutal Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a CBS News report Monday.

Monday's funerals commemorate the lives of two of the youngest victims in Friday's shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 six- and seven-year-old students and six adult teachers, according to CBS News.

Jack Pinto's family honored his life in an obituary published Monday. "In life and death, Jack will forever be remembered for the immeasurable joy he brought to all who had the pleasure of knowing him, a joy whose wide reach belied his six short years," Jack's family wrote, according to the Connecticut Post.

Among Pinto's passions was his devotion to the New York Giants and the team's all-star wide receiver, Victor Cruz. Upon hearing about his young fan's obsession, Cruz contacted the Pinto family to express his condolences. In Sunday's football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Cruz played in honor of young Jack Pinto, scrawling "Jack Pinto, My Hero" across his cleats, according to an NBC report from Monday.

Before the game on Sunday, Cruz tweeted: "My sincerest condolences to the entire Pinto family. My prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time. Today's game is for you, Jack."

Meanwhile, six-year-old Noah Pozner is remembered as a bright, clever boy, "a little soul devoid of spite and meanness," his family wrote in Noah's obituary, according to a Monday NBC report.

"He was just a really lively, smart kid," Noah's uncle, Alexis Haller, told CBS News. "He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."

Noah's parents echoed Haller's pride: "Everything he did conveyed action and energy through love," they wrote in the obituary. While Noah was killed on Friday, his twin sister, Arielle, was assigned to a different classroom and survived Friday's shooting.

Noah's parents summed up the pain of losing their son aptly: "How do you capture the essence of a six year old in just a few words?"

Likewise, where do these families begin the grieving process for their sons? Followme.org is a faith-based website that provides spiritual resources on grief, and its leader says the grieving process in Newtown should begin with memory.

"In the wake a national tragedy like this, individual lives can become mashed together into single statistics about mass murders. But part of the healing process-- for families, for a community, and for the nation-- is actively trying to remember each of the victims lost in this shooting," said Pastor Jamie of followme.org.

"In the midst of the storm of grief, I hope these families are able to find an island of solace-- these funerals are an opportunity to celebrate two incredible lives. Lives cut short, yes-- but incredible lives nonetheless. And that's important for parents across the country to remember as they talk to their children about this tragedy," he said.

For more information, visit http://www.followme.org. Followme.org is a ministry of ShoutChurch.tv: http://www.shoutchurch.tv.

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