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Those who've lost a child seem to suffer in the worst way possible and some face a huge challenge just trying to go on with life.

But a local mother, whose son was murdered, has found a way to channel her grief into a force for good.

Christy Bergeron is using her new antique shop, Shabby Chic Antiques, to make a difference for those she calls "angel moms." They are moms who, like her, have lost a child.

"There's angel moms, angel dads. They're parents who have lost a child. The angels are our children," said Bergeron.

They want to make sure the child they loved so dearly is not forgotten and so many write and send pictures of their angels for Christy's project. She posts photos and stories and sculpts the loves lost into the plaster  walls.

"I've incorporated the angels into the Shabby Chic Antiques and throughout the walls I have put angel names. I've spackled them into the walls and I have angel mothers and fathers that are sending photographs. I even have angel siblings that are sending me photographs," said Bergeron.

The angel moms and dads are from all around the country and even the world. They gather in a private Facebook group and provide encouragement and consolation to each other. 

"I hear different stories all day, every day from other parents who have lost their children not just by murder but suicide, driving, accidental overdose, you name it. We're a group and we stick together. We just listen to each other. On the bad days, we help each other," said Bergeron.

The shop is full of angel items, many of which were donated. She said money from each angel sold will go to help someone else who suffers a loss.

Bergeron's son, Stephin, was killed in a drive by shooting in Sulphur in April 2011.
 
Her store, Shabby Chic Antiques and Forget Me Nots, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more on how to donate items or submit an angel memorial, contact Christy Bergeron at bergeronmom@gmail.com or call 337-563-6625  or 832-372-0120. The store is located in  the cottage square at 210 West Napoleon Street in Sulphur.

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