That November morning, the lives of Taphouse and her two young daughters, Hazel and June, then 4 and 2 years old, were upended, leaving the family reeling with grief. The loss was especially difficult on Hazel. “Telling her that her dad died, and also that she wasn’t able to see him, was almost worse than the accident itself,” Taphouse told The Dodo.
Taphouse worked to give her family a fresh start after the tragedy, selling their home and moving closer to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also added a new family member, Fern, a white and brown bulldog puppy, to the mix.