Our Inspiration

The team at Growth from Grief is passionate about helping children and families dealing with loss because many of them have experienced it themselves when they were young.  In this space, we'd like to remember those people who inspired us to become involved in this cause.


Deborah Fugel Heine

Mother of Krysti, Debbie died in a car accident when Krysti was 12 years old. She remembers her as a kind woman who loved wolves, mountains, and her friends and family. Our mascot, Debbie the Dragonfly, is named in her honor. 


Jodie Michelle Reif

Mother of Brian, Jodie passed away due to complications from diabetes when Brian was 11 years old.  He remembers her as a tomboy who loved traveling, candy, and above all, her family and friends.