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Group aims to help grieving parents

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LAWTON, Okla_ Losing a loved one is tough but a local group is aiming at helping the grieving process and wanting to help  
moralize the children that parents have lost.

The Compassionate Friends Chapter of Lawton Fort Sill get together once a month to talk about their loss, and discuss ways to grieve.

They also helped start the Children's Memorial Garden, where parents can immortalize their loss by placing their name on brick.

It's hard to imagine what it's like when you lose a child. Nearly two years ago, a group of parents got together to build this memorial to keep the memory of the children they lost, alive.

Linda Owens, who is the Secretary for the Lawton Fort Sill chapter of the Compassionate Friends group had to live that nightmare.

"1997, at 18, my son was killed in an automobile accident. I did not know how to deal with it. I did now know where to go for help," Owens said.

She spent years trying to deal with her loss. She was invited by a friend to a meeting of the compassionate friends, after a few meetings she realized that this group could really help.


"I felt like there was a group of people there that knew exactly how I felt and could understand," Owens said.


The Children's Memorial Garden helps honor those children that left those parents too early.

Its a place where even just a brick or a bench with a name can bring so much relief.


"This is where I can come and sit, his bench is right there, I can sit here and I can think about him. And..um..I just enjoy being here," Owens said.

A place where those children will live forever.

"This is a memorial. This is where we can come and share, and we can keep the memory of our children alive. We dont...I don't want my son to be forgotten," Owens said.

This memorial will make sure of that.

If that absolute worst case scenario has happened to you and you lost a child. Compassionate friends wants you know there is someone to talk to and wants to invite you to their group. In front of the Children's Memorial Garden at Elmer Thomas Park.


If you are interested in purchasing a brick for a lost loved one you can contact Compassionate Friends on their Facebook page, the Lawton Fort Sill Chapter of Compassionate Friends.

You have until July to purchase your brick.

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