"Julia had a friend over to play. We have the list of “Things Daddy Used to Say” on the fridge. Julia started reading the little quotes to her friend who had asked about it. Great discussion ensued. "Why did he say that? What's that about? What does that mean?" Julia answered with very matter of fact replies about each and every memory with her playmate.
Then more questions... "Where did you make that?" Julia replied, "Oh, at Willow House. The place your mom donated to. Remember? It's really a good thing for us and other people too." Then Julia goes on to say, "Some kids at Willow House have lost a brother or sister. So, now they are the oldest in their family. Other kids’ moms died, like our daddy died."
Julia’s girlfriend is asking good questions the whole time. And then…"Wait. Kids die too?" Julia frankly replies, "Yep. They get sick or hurt or something happens that makes their body stop working.""
This is just one beautiful example of how Willow House supports grieving children and families. In a safe, comforting space, they express feelings. Yes, even feeling sad or mad.