See the Good in Grief

The Mission:

To provide a safe environment for grieving children, teens and adults to explore and express their feelings related to the death of a loved one and to learn to thrive in a world without that special person.

The Solution:

Camp Good Grief was started in 1999 as the first grief camp for children. The needs of the community demanded more, and therefore expanded into a teen camp, and then the first comprehensive grief center in 2005. In 2017, two more center locations were opened in Jonesboro, AR and Midtown Memphis to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community, such as the Gieselman's. 
Frazer and Dana Gieselmann have had their share of grief and loss the past few years, but they haven't let their circumstances stop them, instead, they are turning their hardships into doing something good for the community. The Gieselman's middle daughter, Milla, was diagnosed with Batten disease in 2014. Batten disease is a neurodegenerative disease that causes the brain to shrink, allowing it to control less and less of the body’s functions. Milla lost her battle in November 2016 and on May 4, 2019, the Gieselman's lost their youngest daughter, Elle, to the same disease.
Frazer and Dana began counseling through the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief and during this time the center was preparing to open the new location in Midtown and aptly named it Milla's House.
Angela Hamblen Kelly, executive director of Baptist Centers for Good Grief, which operates the centers, praised the Gieselman's commitment to the Midtown office. “Just being able to share their story and their passion for the work that we do and helping us open that second office to be able to provide more grief counseling to more people in our community is a testament to who they are and how important grief work is,” Kelly said.
In April 2019, the Midtown location moved into the Carriage House, an appendage to the main Junior League house.
The Gieselmann's also started Miles 4 Milla to raise funds for Milla's House.
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