Group uses birdhouses to heal from tragedy

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KUSA - Kristin Glenn thinks about her son Zach every day. Back in 1993, the 3-year-old strangled on a curtain cord while Glenn thought he was napping.

"One minute I'm putting my 3-year-old down for a nap, and the next thing he's gone," Glenn said. "Pain of losing a child never goes away."

Nearly two decades later, Glenn attended a workshop called The Birdhouse Project in Kansas. It changed her life.

"Working on the birdhouse was very meaningful for me," Glenn said.

Each wall of the birdhouse is labeled with a part of the grieving journey, from regrets to goals.

Those who build are asked to write their thoughts on the inside of the walls and then build the house with hammers and nails.

"It was so cathartic. I just couldn't write enough," Glenn said. "The regrets that I hadn't even realized that I'd held onto, about just time together, and worrying about the small stuff in life."

The process of building the birdhouse was the best therapy she says she'd ever experienced.

"There was such a catharsis in building something and hearing the hammers, and at the end have something very representative of what you're going through," she explained.
She still thinks about her son every day. At least now, she has a birdhouse and a mission to help others dealing with loss.

"His smile like lit up his whole face," Glenn said.

On April 20 in Fort Collins, her group called 3Hopeful Hearts will be hosting a workshop from The Birdhouse Project.

It will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Park.

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