Welcome, and thank you for being here today. You should be congratulated for showing up for yourself – you are doing a marvelous job!
I want to keep Letters to Dad ("LTD") centered on you. With this in mind, I'll keep my introduction short and sweet.
My name is Hannah Kreuziger, and I'm a 20 year-old living in Georgia. More specifically, I'm a daughter, friend, student, and self-proclaimed comedian. Most of all, I'm a young woman who hopes you will leave LTD feeling more loved and comforted than when you found it.
For the sake of brevity, I'll give you a little background on how and why this foundation came into existence. However, you can find a more detailed introduction in our first Letters to Dad podcast episode here.
The name "Letters to Dad" stems from Mrs. Floyd, my high school guidance counselor. After losing my father in November of my senior year, she suggested that I write letters to him. She knew I loved to write and suggested this means of coping in order to help me grieve fully and in a healthy way. She even suggested that one day I could compile these letters and publish them to connect with others. Instead of publishing a book, I've decided to channel my experience into an incredibly timely mission to help others deal with their grief and loss.
We are all bereaving something, whether that be a family member, a pet, or a lost experience. COVID-19 alone has brought the world to a universal bereavement of lives, loved ones, and opportunities. Even if we had not experienced the pandemic, we would have still said goodbye to something, because seasons will always shift and change in our lives.
Thus, I've created The Letters to Dad Foundation – a non-profit organization promoting dialogue to address grief through establishing support, understanding, and community.
Regardless of where you are at or what you have lost, I hope that LTD can be a safe space for you. Whether you are a professor, administrator, or student, you will find a helping hand here.
And, always remember – we may be separated, but we never walk alone.