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For mothers who have experienced the loss of a child, Mother's Day can rehash feelings of grief and sorrow.

But Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs will host an event on Saturday, May 12th for parents grieving the loss of a child or children. 

"The emotional hardness of going through that weekend, so it almost kind of preps moms emotionally for Mother's Day," said organizer and attendee Kelsi Cole.

The Journey of the Heart Conference from Heavenly Hope and Healing will provide tools for handling grief, religious support, an opportunity to connect with others who've experienced similar loss, and honors to lost children, including a candlelight ceremony.

The conference starts Friday night with sessions for couples. It continues Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

The three women who spoke to News 5 have all experienced the loss of a child...

They say it's a life-long journey to healing but thanks to this conference, it's a journey they don't have to travel alone.

When Lynda Shelhamer lost her son 20 years ago, she had a hard time finding support groups here in Colorado.

"I lost a son and he was 15 years old and I was having to travel to the east coast and to the west coast to go to conferences to find other moms," said Shelhamer.

Once she connected, she understood the healing power of hearing from moms coping with the same devastating loss.

"It was like we couldn't stop talking. 'oh, that's normal, oh that's normal, I thought I was going crazy,'" Shelhamer said of her conversation with moms who went through a similar experience.

That's why three years ago, she organized the Heavenly Hope and Healing conference, which offers parents who have lost a child the chance to unite.

"It was heartbreaking, it was devastating," Cole said of her own experience with losing a child.

"But thankfully the sense of community and family that we do have here including our church family and the family of moms, they really have just rallied around us."

Donation baskets for attendees feature home-made quilts, intricate wooden boxes and artwork - all from the hands of grieving moms.

"Mostly everything in there is from a mom," said Shelhamer.

Love in Motion, a signing choir, will be performing. They group hopes to use the power of song and movement to help parents cope through their feelings...

"Something in the song is sad, we need to have a sad expression," BJ Jensen with Love in Motion said.

"The emotions that signing permit help you to release some of those emotions that are inside."

This community, proving acts of kindness can help a grieving family while helping heal from within.

"If you're looking out to serve others, it lifts your continence," said Jensen.

"Especially if you do it in the name of your child."

The cost of registering for the conference is 85-dollars and there is scholarship money available for people who can't afford registration. 

To learn more about the event, visit heavenlyhopeandhealing.org

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