How Michelle Hord came to terms with her new reality after her daughter’s murder

Hord remarried last year and she shared an expression she loves about her husband, Axel Johnsonwhich is that “‘Good things happen for a reason'” – as opposed to the old “everything happens for a reason”, which she finds suspicious.

But she firmly believes that when life calls us with its challenges, nothing more is required than what is already within us.

“I don’t believe there’s a hint of grief,” Hord said. “You know, it’s easy to look at me and say, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that.’ But we all have things in our lives that we struggle with that require us to find the courage to say, ‘But despite that, I’m going to carry on.'”

Of course, she also said that she had become a source of strength for others: “I didn’t choose that. What happened was that people wrote me letters and m said, “Michelle, I hadn’t prayed in years until I saw you speaking at Gabrielle’s funeral. “Michelle, I’ve watched you go to work every day and it inspires me.” And I realized that the holes in my heart were letting in the light of hope for others. So it wasn’t really about me, it was about honoring his spirit and hopefully giving others hope.


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