Megan Grover, for whom Megan’s House is named, lost her battle with addiction on this day in 2014. Her father Tim, who had always struggled to find his 26-year old daughter a treatment home due to a shortage of beds for young women, was searching for property on which to build a home so that Megan would always have a place to stay while in recovery.
Sadly, he learned of her passing as his search was nearing its conclusion. In a cruel twist of fate, Tim closed on that property the same day as Megan’s funeral on January 6, 2015. Thus was born, Megan’s House.
To mark Megan’s passing and to honor her memory, the original residents and staff of Megan’s House gathered along the banks of the beautiful Merrimack River in Lowell on December 30, 2015 to release purple balloons into the sky. The ceremony was repeated this afternoon, on a windy winter’s day, with the Grover family and a new group of residents on hand.
Purple balloons are chosen because it was Megan’s favorite color, and has become the signature color of Megan’s House. Ironically, purple is also the color symbolizing recovery.
Attached to ribbons on each balloon is a small envelope inscribed with Megan’s date of birth and the date of her passing. Staff and residents jot down personal messages and place them in the envelopes before releasing the balloons.
Also in the envelopes are Wildflower seeds, intended to take root when the biodegradable envelopes eventually find land. Ever conscious of the environment, especially now that they grow their own garden at the home, the Megan’s House residents researched the process to craft an eco-friendly ceremony that will hopefully sprout flowers and symbolize the growth they are enjoying through the program.
While December 30th still marks a somber occasion for the Grover family, they take comfort in knowing that Megan’s memory lives on through this house and the young women who now call it home. It was always Tim Grover’s wish to help not only Megan, but others who struggle with addiction.
With today’s ceremony, as with the numerous success stories Megan’s House has helped write, that wish is coming true.