In 2013, BriAnna Rose Kruzel passed away unexpectedly due to unknown natural causes. She was 18 years old, and she dedicated her life to helping others. Her parents, Randy and Tami Kruzel, formed What Would Bri Do as a way of continuing her legacy of compassion and generosity.
Randy and Tami visited Faith Lodge in Wisconsin in 2018, and were really inspired by their dedication to helping their local community. That's why What Would Bri Do is raising money to build their own space for those in need. The grief lodge in Central Minnesota will aim to provide support for:
- loss of a child at any age
- miscarriage or stillborns
- spousal loss
- community loss
- suicide loss
What Would Bri Do is committed to building a space for members of our local community to find solace and comfort with others who are grieving. Get in touch with What Would Bri Do today to find out how you can help further our cause.
BriAnna Kruzel passed away unexpectedly at the age of 18 on September 28, 2013 from unknown causes. She left behind her parents, Randy and Tami Kruzel, along with two brothers, Josh Kulus and Brandon Kruzel. Throughout BriAnna's life she was very active and passionate about Girl Scouts. Her greatest love was working with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2013 she was nominated and won High School Big Sister of the Year, something she was very proud of. BriAnna also received the Youth Appreciation Award through the St. Cloud Optimist Club for her hard work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. BriAnna gave much of her time volunteering and was very involved with the Sartell Community Ed Dance program. In her free time she enjoyed scrapbooking, crafting and being around animals. She was a very happy person with an infectious smile that would light up a room. In an attempt to honor her legacy of giving back her family decided to continue giving back to the community that she loved.
Her family and friends established a non-profit called What Would Bri Do, with the mission statement "WWBD is dedicated to supporting people and organizations in need while being a force for positivity in the world". Over the past five years What Would Bri Do has been able to support many of the causes that BriAnna believed in and distributed approximately $50,000 to those in need. Some of the organizations WWBD has helped include; the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education dance program, a local Girl Scout Troop, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, and Terebinth Refuge, a transitional home for victims of sex trafficking.
In February of 2018, Randy and Tami had the opportunity to visit Faith's Lodge in Danbury, WI. Faith's Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families to getaway while spending time with others who understand what they are going through. During their stay, they spent several days with other couples who also lost their children tragically. The lodge offered discussions led by a licensed social worker, meditation, massage, healing crafts, complimentary meals, outdoor activities and so much more. They left this weekend with the sense of hope in their grief journey and made it their personal mission to bring a similar concept to Central Minnesota. They were truly inspired by their dedication to supporting those who have lost a child.
What Would Bri Do has developed a strong board of directors and has redefined our mission statement as "What Would Bri Do helps individuals cope with loss, supports their healing, nurtures their physical and emotional well-being and brings hope for the future - No one should grieve alone." They are committed to building a space for those who are grieving. Get in touch with them today to find out how you can further their cause.