Holding baby Callahan in her arms, Ginny Toman often remembers her late Father, John. She wonders what kind of grandfather her dad would be, if he would be called Grandpa or something different, and how much he would spoil his granddaughter.
In early 2019, Ginny and her family lost John to a neurological disease. Her family’s loss was shared by all of us at Our Little Haven. John Seiler was a long time board member and friend of the organization. John shared his passions and his time with Our Little Haven, always bringing his humor and wit to events and gatherings.
For Ginny and her family, John’s memory lives on. Losing a loved one is always difficult. To help understand loss, the emotional journey she has taken, and offer support for others, she put her thoughts to paper. Always In Your Heart is a cleverly written and beautifully illustrated book for young children and adults coping with the loss of a family member. Her hopes are that her daughter will learn who her grandfather was and how special he was to those around him.
With the help of illustrator, Jesslyn Murphy, and Ginny’s husband, Scott, they self-published Always In Your Heart last year. To commemorate their book release, they dedicated a few copies to the Our Little Academy’s Discovery Center Library at Our Little Haven.
John’s legacy lives on at Our Little Haven, each year the Our Little Haven Golf Tournament is played in his name and directly supports the John R. Seiler Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship provides tuition assistance to families who attend Our Little Academy Day Treatment. Scott and Ginny Toman also share their time as members of the Haven Club Young Professionals Group at Our Little Haven.
“John was a good friend, leader, and guide for many years at Our Little Haven. We are honored to help keep the memory of his impact alive through the scholarship and proud that Ginny and Scott continue his legacy as members of the Haven Club. Always In Your Heart will be available for children and families to enjoy for many years.”Scott Hummel, Executive Director
Loss and grief are concerns that are addressed through two of our programs, Keystone Mental Health Services and Our Little Academy. These programs provide exceptional mental health treatment for young children and their families. Our Director of Clinical Programs, Lizette Smith PhD, Licensed Psychologist, manages Keystone Mental Health Services and Our Little Academy Day Treatment is managed by Sarah Thomas MSW, LCSW.
To purchase Always in Your Heart visit www.alwaysinyourheartbook.com.