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Looking Back 15 Years

A remarkable story of a father's journey toward creating a new normal and honoring his wife's memory - Ron Schults shares his story following the death of his wife, Dr. Lory Schults.

“My family was the first of more than 33,500 individuals who have been cared for by Lory’s Place after the death of a loved one,” said Ron. “Our loss was my wife, Lory.”

On a snowy January morning in 2004 Lory suffered fatal injuries in a car accident.

Nine months later, Lory’s Place was created in her honor and continues to carry her legacy. While helping Lory’s family with their loss, their neighbor and friend, Lisa Bartoszek (Director of Lory's Place 2004 – 2017) shared her desire to create a local resource to help others in their grief journey. With Ron’s support and the overwhelming response by the community, the new program was created in St. Joseph, Michigan.

“It is humbling to know that when we lost Lory, our community gained a champion,” said Ron.

Since its opening in 2004, Lory's Place has helped thousands of children, adults, and families find their way through grief to their "new normal."

Hear more about Ron’s story at

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