Now Utah parents going through it all have a new place to find hope at a two-mile “Walk to Remember” Saturday put on by the Utah chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
Judy Berrocal has replayed the day she lost her little Diego over and over in her mind.
“He was two years old when I was taking him camping for the very first time,” she said. “I had accidentally backed over him, we grabbed him, we did what we could with CPR and life flight came and took him.”
But by the time Diego got to the hospital Berrocal learned her son was dead.
“I was lost, I didn't deal with any of my emotions,” she said.
Berrocal sought therapy, but desperately needed more support.
“I couldn't find any other grief group for those who had lost a child around here,” she said.
That's when Berrocal decided to start a monthly support group for families that have lost a child at any age from any cause.
“There are people out there who don't know if their feelings are,” she said. “This way they can be with other people who have been through the same events that have lost a child.”
Around 75 people who’ve lost children, grandchildren or siblings took part in Saturday’s walk. Berrocal plans to do more. She said it's what little Diego would have wanted.
“I know that he's proud of me now that I'm taking the time to help others get through what I've gone through,” she said.
If you would like more information on the Utah chapter of The Compassionate Friends,” click here.