If I Stay

Willow Character Analysis

Willow is a family friend of the Halls who is married to Henry, and together they have a baby daughter. Willow is a nurse at a hospital in the Oregon town where she and the Halls live. Willow takes care of Teddy until he passes away. Willow becomes an advocate for Adam and Kim in the Portland hospital where Mia is airlifted for treatment after the accident. She speaks with the head nurse to make sure that they are able to visit Mia, despite the fact that they are not technically family members. Like Mom, Willow is fiercely protective of her family, and she transfers this affection to Mia when Mia’s own family is gone.
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Willow Character Timeline in If I Stay

The timeline below shows where the character Willow appears in If I Stay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
7:09 AM
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Mia’s Dad suggests that the family take a drive to visit Willow and Henry, married friends of the family who used to be musicians in the same... (full context)
8:17 AM
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The family piles into their old Buick, and Mia’s Dad begins to drive them to Willow and Henry’s house. Though Dad used to be notorious for riding his bike everywhere and... (full context)
10:12 AM
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...on its way. Mia is relieved to hear that Teddy is still alive. She sees Willow, who works as a nurse at the hospital, and wonder if she knows what has... (full context)
9:06 PM
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As Kim and Adam are being led away by security, they run into Willow, who has come from the hospital where she works to the hospital where Mia is... (full context)
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Mia recalls that when Willow began to date Henry, her Dad’s band-mate, Henry was a “total drunk playboy,” but that... (full context)
10:40 PM
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When Kerry dies, Mia, her family, Adam, Willow, and Henry drive several hours to Kerry’s hometown to attend his funeral. Although he was... (full context)
2:48 AM
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After several hours in surgery, Mia’s body is returned to the ICU in stable condition. Willow convinces the nurses to let Mia’s grandparents visit her. While Gran is as chatty as... (full context)
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Eventually Gran and Willow leave the ICU, leaving Mia with Gramps, who cries over Mia’s body. He speaks to... (full context)
4:57 AM
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Meanwhile, Willow convinces the head nurse to allow Adam to visit Mia. Fatigued from the surgery, Mia... (full context)
5:42 AM
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...hospital room abruptly, telling Nurse Ramirez that he has forgotten something and will return shortly. Willow has taken charge of Mia’s care, and convinces the head nurse to allow visits by... (full context)
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As Kim describes being saved from jail by Willow, Mia imagines Kim and Willow becoming close friends, and meeting every so often to remember... (full context)