Vigil for those who have lost children unites Tucson and the wor - Tucson News Now

Vigil for those who have lost children unites Tucson and the world

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Lit candles filled Children's Memorial Park Sunday night as part of a worldwide candlelight vigil for people who have lost children.

"Losing a child is, I believe, the worst experience you can ever go through," said Cathy Martinez.

About 125 to 150 people who had that experience in common gathered at the park.  Martinez and her husband, Armando Pacho, lost twin boys near childbirth about six and a half years ago.

"It helps with the grieving process in that way.  You're able to go through other people's shoes and tread your way through it as well," Pacho said.

Kathie Davis's son Drew died from a drug overdose about five and a half years ago.  Now she's a part of Compassionate Friends, which coordinated the worldwide effort to hold vigils in each time zone at 7 p.m.

"When you come to Compassionate Friends, you realize it really doesn't matter how your child has gone, what matters is that you learn to rebuild your life and move on, not without them but with them within you," Davis said.

The same people who have grown through hearing others' experience with grief can now also help by sharing their own.

"It's not necessary for people to be alone in their time of loss," Pacho said.

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