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Grieving parents want Angel of Hope statue in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Brad Steuer visits his sons gravesite thinking about the difficult past year.

"Brecken Eldon Steuer...about a year ago, me and my wife were looking forward to having our first child and ended up basically having some complications and around 30 weeks found out that he didn't have a heart beat and ended up having him still born," he said.

His son Brecken didn't get a chance at life. To help with the grieving process, Brad and his wife Natalie turned to the parent support group, Share of the Tri-States.

Along with the Compassionate Friends and Angel Wings support groups, they're coming together to help grieving parents. They say something is missing in Dubuque for them -- The Angel of Hope statue.

"It just is going to bring us, for the whole community, to have people come together on a specific day to honor in memory of their child that they lost. It's an international statue," said Betty Weber, whose daughter lost a child.

The statue is based from the book, "The Christmas Box," where a woman mourns the death of her child constantly visiting an angel monument.

Those going through the grieving process say it'll not only comfort parents, but grandparents too. "It's very difficult. If you see your daughter, you're grieving for them and you're grieving for yourself also. And you try and put yourself and your spouse first, before yourself there, but it just made me all the more aware that we really needed this," Weber said.

The support groups are still discussing where the Angel of Hope will be located. In previous discussions, they've mentioned the arboretum or an area cemetery.

They are raising money to bring the Angel of Hope statue to Dubuque through a GoFundMe page. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2bpf9e6

The groups are also having a fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Asbury Eagles Club from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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