By Michelle Tauber, People, October 9, 2019
Nelba Márquez-Greene is not a gun control activist, or a politician, or a pundit.
She’s a grieving mom, and she’s working to support other families devastated by tragedy by helping to guide the public conversation on trauma and its aftermath.
“There is a constant pressure to hurry your healing,” says Márquez-Greene, one of PEOPLE’s 2019 Women Changing the World. After her daughter Ana Grace, 6, was killed in the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the licensed marriage and family therapist, 44, found that the response from even well-meaning people was often misguided.