Season 6
Girard Family
Girard Family
Season 6 | Episode 615 | Aired 02/07/2009

The devastating loss of the family home, followed by the double drowning of a father and son. This story will take you from the tears over the tragedies—to feelings of hope for new beginnings.

We learn that it wasn’t enough to challenge Carol Girard and her family with the loss of their home to a fire—life was cruel a year later when her husband Thomas and eldest son Marc both drowned in a deadly accident.  

This family has long been a strong part of their community in Voluntown, Connecticut, participating in many charitable missions. In fact, Marc was studying to be a priest, while Thomas, in addition to being the father of five, donated time to help the elderly and poor, and repaired computers at his children’s school.

We’re in tears already hearing how this family of six was forced to move from a tent, to a tiny camper, and then finally to Carol’s mother’s house—40 miles away from the children’s school—after their home burned down. The lack of space meant the children had no bedrooms to call their own, but slept in scattered rooms—including the cellar! On an idyllic summer afternoon, Thomas took three of his children to a nearby lake for a nice swim. He soon began having breathing problems, and son Marc rushed into the water to help. After rescuing his sister Hannah, Marc went back to save his dad—but unfortunately, both father and son perished.

We are absolutely overwhelmed trying to grasp all that has befallen the Girards. While this tightknit family struggles to continue on each day, we are so happy to find that Ty and the designers have come to build a new home for this family, a place of comfort to recover from such loss.


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