Tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut
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Clinical Fellow Loses Daughter in Newtown, CT Tragedy

December 19, 2012

AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT, tragically lost her daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT. Mrs. Márquez-Greene states, “I hope the tragedy of the school shooting will bring a greater awareness to mental health issues and to reduce the stigma attached to those with mental illness, perhaps preventing tragedies like the one that took Ana's life.”

As an Association devoted to the care and nurture of individuals, families and children, AAMFT knows that this is not only a difficult time for the Newtown families but also for children and parents throughout North America. Helping our children to feel safe and come to an appropriate level of understanding is a paramount concern for AAMFT.

Ana's love for dancing and singing was evident very early in her short life. In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. She was full of energy and she never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head. Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship.

Ana is survived by her father, Jimmy Greene, a jazz saxophonist and an assistant professor of music at Western Connecticut State University; her mother, Nelba Márquez-Greene, program coordinator for the Family Therapy Institute at Klingberg Family Centers and Central Connecticut State University adjunct faculty; and her brother Isaiah, a happy, intelligent and musical boy who loves hockey and very much misses his sister. She will be missed dearly by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and scores of friends.

The family asks that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her.


Cards for the Márquez-Greene family may be sent to:


WCSU Department of Music
181 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810
or Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood St.
New Britain, CT 06052

Ana's parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, have asked that donations in her memory be made to one's choice of three funds:

  1. The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund
    c/o Outpatient Clinic/Family Therapy Institute
    Klingberg Family Centers
    370 Linwood St.

  2. The Artist’s Collective
    1200 Albany Avenue,
    Hartford, CT 06112

  3. The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund
    c/o Western Connecticut State University
    Office of Institutional Advancement
    181 White St.
    Danbury, CT, 06810

In addition, friends have set up a fund to support the Márquez-Greene family at: www.AnaGraceFund.com.

Information on how those with mental illness can get help is available at www.aamft.org.



The AAMFT has also published the following related information on the website, available for the general public:
  • The press release issued by AAMFT President, Linda Metcalf, PhD on Monday, December 17th, found here.

  • A page of Tips, Tricks and Strategies for families to use while discussing crisis situations and difficult topics.
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