Grieving Arkansas Family Looking to Change Heartache into Hope for Others


One River Valley family is turning the loss of a child into a way to help other families remember their loved ones in a special way. 

The Holtz’s called their son Superman.

After nearly seven months, William lost the ultimate fight.

“Brain complications, seizures, everything,” Brooklyn Holtz said. 

The Hotlz’s went from planning a life with their child to planning his funeral. 

“It’s like sleepwalking,” Holtz said. “It was very surreal. You just can’t even think about it. And if you get so worked up about it you can’t even get anywhere or get anything done.”

And they quickly realized, the bills were piling up.

A year after William died, the Holtz noticed there were other families feeling this same pain.

“Just someone to talk about it with, helps,” Holtz said. 

Brooklyn and her husband, Roy, decided to start the Chelsea and William Headstone Foundation (CNW)  to help raise money for all children to have a headstone.

“Everyone was on this earth and they matter,” Holtz said. “And they count. It’s nice to aid in that.” 

The first of many to receive aid from CNW – Chelsey Clifton. 

She was alive for less than a week. 

“To lose a child there are no words,’ Holtz said. “There are no words to describe the feeling.”

As the Greenwood couple walks the rows of memorials, they look to honor all of the superheroes as their legacies become concrete.

If you would like for information on the CNW Headston Foundation, click here

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