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Celebrating Mother’s Day after losing a child

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Veronica Luster gets dolled up at Colour Me Badd’s Mother’s Day event. The day honored mothers who have lost children.  Source: WGCL Veronica Luster gets dolled up at Colour Me Badd’s Mother’s Day event. The day honored mothers who have lost children. Source: WGCL
A special collage created by mothers who’ve lost their children. It was part of a salon celebration day for the moms at Colour Me Badd in Mableton. Source: WGCL A special collage created by mothers who’ve lost their children. It was part of a salon celebration day for the moms at Colour Me Badd in Mableton. Source: WGCL
Stefanie Hughes gets her hair done at Colour Me Badd Salon in Mableton. The salon hosted a special Mother’s Day event for mothers who have lost children. Source: WGCL Stefanie Hughes gets her hair done at Colour Me Badd Salon in Mableton. The salon hosted a special Mother’s Day event for mothers who have lost children. Source: WGCL
MABLETON, GA (CBS46) -

Mother's Day for those who have lost their children takes on another meaning. 

“I remember my first Mother's Day without Samuel. I had to face the reality that I'm still a mom, but what makes me a mom no longer exists on this earth,” said Laurona Phelps.

Phelps knows the heartache after losing her son, Samuel, two years ago in a shooting. Today, she’s dedicated her life to helping other moms slowly heal.

“I said I have to find something to do to make me feel better, so guess what, I need to gather some more moms who understand what I'm feeling, I understand what they feel,” Phelps said.

For the second year, Phelps has partnered with hair salon owner, Brandi Harris, to offer a special day of pampering to mothers still grieving the loss of a child.

Harris owns the Colour Me Badd salon in Mableton. Free shampoos, styles and makeup services were offered.

“What woman doesn't want to feel good about themselves, you know, confidence plays a big part in being a woman,” Harris said.

Kimberly Freeman, who lost her daughter to a mysterious medical condition, said it’s uplifting to be surrounded by other mothers who’ve experienced the same pain, but now they can celebrate each other.

“When you’re a mother, and you lose a child, people on the outside can only imagine. But when somebody’s done walked them shoes, that’s the best support you can ever ask for,” Freeman said.

Phelps said finding strength to function is part of the healing process, but also finding that motivator that keeps you uplifted is important too.

She's written a book about her journey, and even started a support group for moms.

“I don't think it'll ever be a point where the pain goes away. I think the pain eases, and you're able to channel the energy in different areas, like me, it's giving back,” she said.

Harris says her message to moms this Mother’s Day, is that no matter how hard it gets, to press on.

“Just keep going they're living here in spirit through you,” she said.

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