As an emergency response center supervisor, Stephanie Taylor sees people through the worst moments of their lives—car accidents, lost children, medical crises and the deaths of loved ones. Yet, nothing prepared her own for her own personal nightmare—the morning that her seemingly healthy husband never woke up.
Her husband, Scott, was a dedicated Minneapolis police officer, a loving husband and a devoted father. The loss experienced by Stephanie and her two boys, Brandon and Justin, ages 11 and 12, was unthinkable. Their family felt shattered, heartbroken and alone.
A lifeline of hope and healing
When the unthinkable happens, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services is there to step in and help—and Stephanie says help was just what they needed as they waded through the waves of grief.
“I am so incredibly thankful this program exists. Thanks to Youth Grief Services, we are still standing even after a staggering blow,” says Stephanie.
From participating in grief support groups to attending Camp Erin®-Twin Cities, Brandon and Justin were surrounded by healing opportunities.
They learned to feel their emotions. They learned that it was ok to cry and be sad. But they also learned that it was ok to smile and laugh—that their lives could continue even without their dad.
“I can honestly say I don’t know where we would be without these caring professionals,” says Stephanie.
You can help
Unfortunately, the Taylor family is not alone in their devastation. In fact, the need is staggering
Yet, thanks to our generous donors, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services provides support 100 percent free of charge.