On May 8, 2005, Mothers Day, we lost our only son Tommy. He was 8 years old. Tommy was the happiest boy ,who loved to read, and most of all loved baseball. He always cared about other people. He loved his family and all of his friends. Tommy died in an accident in our family van.
After Tommy died, our family had support from family and friends during this difficult time. After the funeral we felt we needed to spend some time alone, as a family with our three daughters, whom are 15, 12, and 5 years old. A family member offered us the use of their house on a lake. That proved to be the best thing for our family. We were able to talk and just be together. We were able to share our feelings and begin our forever changed lives together.
As time passed, we thought about the opportunity we had to get away and how it has helped our family in the healing process. Our thoughts turned to other families going through a similar experience, and how great it would be if we could give them the same opportunity we were given. During this process we also learned that there are few resources out there for families who lose a child or parent. We decided that we should help families who are experiencing these same emotions, and to help them get through similar situations. By helping other people we are helping ourselves. We are turning something tragic into something better. What is better than helping others?
The Healing Homes Foundation was founded in July 2005.
To purchase tickets for Tommy's 2nd Home Party which will be held on September 6th, please go to the Charity Events page on the website.