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Published August 14, 2010, 02:31 PM

Parents take part in walk to celebrate the lives of the ones now gone

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group is helping parents who have lost a child leap one of life's highest hurdles. Today, the group held its "Walk to Remember" for families to celebrate the lives of the ones now gone.

Parents say the children they're walking for are constantly running through their minds.

"Every minute of every day, he's the first thing we think of in the morning and hardest thing to say goodnight to at night."

Paul and Kara Bailey joined compassionate friends 3 weeks after losing their son Nick. He suddenly died last September. The Bailey's say the group has added comfort others just can't.

"Friends and family have been terrific and supportive, but they don't know the pain and no one knows the pain until you've lost a child."

Compassionate friends provide understanding, hope and support. The Bailey's say you need all that to get by after losing a son or daughter.

"He will always be with us and the pain isn't quite as bad as the first day, but it never leaves. It's still there."

The group meets once a month here at Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo. Around 30 people usually show up they sit in a circle the ones who want to talk do so and everybody else listens.

"It helps me to know that I'm helping the new people coming in to understand it does get easier that you can survive this that there is hope."

The Bailey's say it’s given them a gift. The second Tuesday of each month, they get to talk about Nick. To learn more about the group, go to TCFFargoMoorhead.org.

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