Milla’s House

Milla's House is one of two Memphis Centers providing grief support. It's located on the Junior League of Memphis campus in Midtown.

326 Ellsworth
Memphis ,TN 38111

Office: 901-861-5656
Fax: 901-861-5657

Services

Individual grief counseling
For children, teens & adults

Support groups

Camp Good Grief
Grief camp for children 6-12

Teen Camp Good Grief
Grief camp for teens 13-17

Grief workshops

Community education

Crisis response
For schools and businesses

Staff

Angela Hamblen Kelly, LCSW
Executive Director
Lauren Cox Strini, LPC/MHSP
Program Director
Michelle Redick
Operations Coordinator
Barbara Ricks, LCSW
Grief Therapist
Kristen McColough, LCSW
Grief Therapist
Leigh Ann Blakely, LCSW
Grief Therapist

Testimonials

  • The Center impacted me in the most positive ways. It’s provided me with a sense of peace and it’s provided my child the outlet she needed outside of me. Giving me the tools I needed and them providing her the tools she needed — that 's probably the greatest gift they could have ever provided!
    – Adult client
  • The Center has helped my dad because I feel like he’s getting better at being understanding how I’m feeling. We can just be more open with each other instead of just being quiet about everything.
    – Teen client
  • They helped me understand the grief process and just to take it as it comes not try to rationalize it too much, understand that everyone goes through the process differently, and that’s okay and give yourself permission to grieve.
    – Adult client
  • I don’t think we could have made it those 18 months without the Center, I think the loss would have just been too very overwhelming.
    – Adult client

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Donors Making a Difference

Milla's House is named 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 Gieselmanns’ 5-year-old daughter, Elle, also tested positive for Batten disease, while 8-year-old Ann Carlyle tested negative and is healthy. The Gieselmanns have relied heavily on the Grief Center, and Frazer Gieselmann says the Center continues to be essential to their family's journey through a grief that is 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.

Dana Gieselmann said, “The Memphis community has benefitted greatly from the Center for Good Grief, and it is our great pleasure to have the opportunity to support the opening of the Midtown location, while also honoring our daughter Milla. Her short life of six years touched so many. Our hope is that Milla's House will provide the help our community needs to deal with the reality of living in a broken world.”

Services

Individual grief counseling
For children, teens & adults

Support groups

Camp Good Grief
Grief camp for children 6-12

Teen Camp Good Grief
Grief camp for teens 13-17

Grief workshops

Community education

Crisis response
For schools and businesses

Staff

Angela Hamblen Kelly, LCSW
Executive Director
Lauren Cox Strini, LPC/MHSP
Program Director
Michelle Redick
Operations Coordinator
Barbara Ricks, LCSW
Grief Therapist
Kristen McColough, LCSW
Grief Therapist
Leigh Ann Blakely, LCSW
Grief Therapist

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • The Center impacted me in the most positive ways. It’s provided me with a sense of peace and it’s provided my child the outlet she needed outside of me. Giving me the tools I needed and them providing her the tools she needed — that 's probably the greatest gift they could have ever provided!
    – Adult client
  • The Center has helped my dad because I feel like he’s getting better at being understanding how I’m feeling. We can just be more open with each other instead of just being quiet about everything.
    – Teen client
  • They helped me understand the grief process and just to take it as it comes not try to rationalize it too much, understand that everyone goes through the process differently, and that’s okay and give yourself permission to grieve.
    – Adult client
  • I don’t think we could have made it those 18 months without the Center, I think the loss would have just been too very overwhelming.
    – Adult client

Donors Making a Difference

Milla's House is named 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 Gieselmanns’ 5-year-old daughter, Elle, also tested positive for Batten disease, while 8-year-old Ann Carlyle tested negative and is healthy. The Gieselmanns have relied heavily on the Grief Center, and Frazer Gieselmann says the Center continues to be essential to their family's journey through a grief that is 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.

Dana Gieselmann said, “The Memphis community has benefitted greatly from the Center for Good Grief, and it is our great pleasure to have the opportunity to support the opening of the Midtown location, while also honoring our daughter Milla. Her short life of six years touched so many. Our hope is that Milla's House will provide the help our community needs to deal with the reality of living in a broken world.”