October 26th marks the six-year anniversary of when Inheritance of Hope Co-Founder Kristen Milligan passed away. In those six years, her children have reached milestone birthdays, high school rites of passage, started driving, and one has gone off to college. Through changes and achievements, growing pains and successes, they have never felt far from their mother’s love, all because of the notes, gifts, videos and more that Kristen prepared while living with a terminal illness.
|Inheritance of Hope Co-Founder with her children|
Rebecca Milligan, the youngest of the three, encourages other parents in her mother’s situation to consider doing the same, “It might be difficult to see the ways this is helpful for your kids, especially if you don't want to imagine what it would be like for your children without you there, but if you can imagine it, you can see the importance. This is not giving up, but actively taking control. I don’t know what it felt like for Mom, but I think it gave her a better sense of peace that if she wasn’t here, she would still have an influence.”
Angie Howell graduated from Davidson College, where she met Inheritance of Hope Co-Founder Kristen Grady Milligan the first week of their freshman year. In 2010, the two former hallmates got back in touch, and Angie became involved in IoH shortly afterwards. Angie has has served as a Legacy Retreat volunteer, Coordinator, and now, as Communications Manager, Angie helps tell the stories of IoH. She is constantly inspired by the people she meets in the IoH family. Read more Inheritance of Hope blogposts >>