Franci's Willow House Story
“What brought me to Willow House you ask?
It’s 3 years since the death of my first born son, Harrison. He passed away at the young age of 17 years old. His death has been the hardest thing for me to accept and to live through the day to day grief. I found Willow House because a friend of mine called me up the day after Harrison died and said, “You need to call these people.”
So, I picked up the phone and called. I look back at the horrible nightmare of three years ago and it's like the whole event happened to someone else.
I'm the mother of a son who died by suicide.
The survivors of suicide meeting or S.O.S. is not a club that anyone should have to join. In fact, seeing new members breaks my heart. But, Willow House is the only place I can go to where people feel the same way as I do.
Many will never understand what this feels like and I'm very grateful for that, but for the people who have to live through this nightmare, Willow House is the foundation and place to help put the pieces of your life back together after the earthquake of destruction.
I'm grateful a place like this exists.
I'm not who I was but I'm living a new me.”
Willow House Survivors of Suicide Family Member
Franci shared her story in support of Willow House for #GivingTuesday. Use December 1, 2015, to support grieving children, teens, families, and communities by making a donation to Willow House or by sharing this story on social media. No effort is too small!
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“I firmly believe that as we look back on the pivotal, early years of our loss, it will be through the efforts of Willow House that we were able to move forward, not afraid to look back, fully understanding and accepting our loss.” - Willow House Father