In Honor of Milla Gieselmann
Milla's House was founded in memory of Milla Gieselmann, the 6-year-old daughter of Memphis couple Frazer and Dana Gieselmann. In November 2016, Milla died from Batten disease, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no cure.
The Gieselmann's other daughter, Elle, also tested positive for Batten disease at the age of 5, while oldest daughter Ann Carlyle tested negative and is healthy. The Gieselmann's have relied heavily on the Grief Center over the years. Frazer says the Center continues to be essential to their family's journey through a grief that he describes as “complicated and messy.” He emphasized that the Center had not only been essential to his family, but to his extended family and close friends as well.
“The Memphis community has benefitted greatly from the Center for Good Grief, and it was our great pleasure to have the opportunity to support the opening of the Midtown location, while also honoring our daughter Milla,” says Dana. “Her short life touched so many. Our hope is that Milla's House will provide the help that some in our community need to deal with the reality of living in a broken world.”