Read Kathy's Willow House Story
In November of 1987, my husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I was 35 years old and on June 7, 1988 I faced the hardest day of my life – telling my two children who were ages 4 and 8 at the time that their Dad died.
I was on auto pilot – Finances were not great and I needed a full time job. I had no time to grieve after losing my husband because I was too busy helping my children with their grief. I had support of family and friends, but I knew no one my age that was in my situation.
My 29 year old daughter died March 1, 2012 – Truly the hardest day of my life! I had to tell my grandchildren ages 11 and 7 that their Mom died. Once again I was on auto pilot and found myself raising my grandchildren alone. I have the support of family and friends, but I found Willow House for the children and myself.
Here is what Willow House has provided my family:
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Kathy shared her story in support of Willow House on #GivingTuesday. We had a day for giving thanks. We had two for getting deals. Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Use this day December 2, 2014 to support grieving children, teens, families, and communities by making a donation to Willow House. No donation is too small! Because of YOU, Willow House will be able to continue providing support and assistance to grieving families just like the Haages. Thank you for making Willow House a part of your annual giving!
“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