Honor Judy & Lee / Support Esmé & Lila

To Judy and Lee’s friends and colleagues,

First, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your incredibly generous gifts to the Esmé and Lila Dirks Memorial Support Fund, and we want to express our deep gratitude for the love and concern you’ve all sent our way over the past few months. We have felt so held by all of you, as we continue to mourn the loss of our Judy and Lee.

We want you all to know that, in spite of the incomprehensible loss they suffered, Esmé and Lila are doing well. We believe this is in large part due to the fact that Judy and Lee had surrounded themselves with such an incredible group of friends and colleagues. We simply can’t say enough about the love and support the girls have received from all of you.

We also wanted to let you all know that we are now confident, and extremely thankful, that Esmé and Lila’s future educational needs are secure. As a result, we have closed the support fund from receiving future gifts. To those of you who donated to the fund, please know your gifts are being applied to the girls’ educational needs. To those who may still want to honor Judy and Lee’s memories, we have created a fundraising page in support of Safe Crossings, a non-profit that has become very important to the girls over the past few months.

Safe Crossings has provided Esmé and Lila with ongoing grief counseling since immediately following Judy and Lee’s memorial service. The girls meet weekly with a counselor, who uses games and play therapy to help them create memory books about their mom and dad, as well as to identify, understand, and express their emotions. The girls are really benefitting from this program, and, it’s all free of charge! If you would like to honor Judy and Lee going forward and to support an organization that is helping their daughters heal, as well as other children who, like them, have lost loved ones, just click here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Dirks via dirkslisa@gmail.com.

We are so very grateful for everyone who is supporting the girls, including the incredible community of loving people Judy and Lee had in their lives and the amazing people at Safe Crossings. Together, you’ve all done so much to help our family, and particularly the girls, through this extraordinarily difficult time. Please know that your love and support has helped us all immeasurably, and we thank you.

With deep gratitude,
The Lew/Dirks Family

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