LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - It was an emotional day in downtown Louisville for dozens of women joining together and learning to heal, while remembering those they’ve lost.

Saturday, more than 70 mothers gathered at the 21C Hotel in downtown Louisville for the Women Engaged Conference presented by the Louisville Urban League.

The goal of the conference was for mothers to learn from each other and share stories – all of them lost a child whether it be a result of violence, incarceration, or estrangement.

“It’s a hurting situation to lose a child ... to lose anyone ... but especially a child,” said Ashley Cargill, whose son was murdered in 2016. “Three days after he graduated he went to a graduation party and never returned.”

Women were paired up with peer supporters who try to get them to where they feel they need to be in the healing process. It's a process that not only can take time but also courage.

“We also have counseling here, we have resources, and we just going to talk about our experiences and share,” said Urban League event coordinator Dianne Brown.

Many members of the audience wiped away tears while listening to personal stories – including how Cargill lost her son.

Cargill tells WDRB it’s a day by day battle emotionally to cope with her son’s death without having any answers – as his death remains unsolved.

“Angry. More angry than anything. A lot of anger,” Cargill said.

The Louisville Urban league would now like to create a speaker series on a regular basis to allow more opportunities for more mothers to get the emotional support they need.

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