As we look to help my wife's parents raise our niece and deal with the longer-term implications of Lindsay's smiling face no longer being there to greet us on each visit to Houston, it's important to note that none of us harbor any feelings of hate for the person involved or his family. Forgiveness is an effective salve for even the deepest wound.
My hope for the victims' families in the Navy Yard shooting is that they are able to walk the road ahead with memories of those they lost and that the D.C. community, now reeling from a heinous crime, can rally together and bring positive change as a result of the senseless tragedy this week.
Joe Brettell is a public relations consultant and former Capitol Hill aide. On twitter @joebrettell
Opinions expressed in this piece are not endorsed by ABC News.