Book release event offers comfort to mothers who lost children

COLUMBUS, Ga — A mother who lost her son in a home daycare fire six years ago says she now uses writing to cope with her grief.

Dana Richardson says she wrote a book to tell her son’s story and help others with their grief. As News 3 reported, Richardson’s son Michael Duvard, Jr. was only a few days shy of his second birthday when he and nine other children were caught in fire on Mill Branch Road back in February 2010.

“To this day, we still don’t know the cause of the fire,” Richardson says. “There’s still a lot of unanswered questions and that makes the journey much more difficult.” She says her son died from third degree burns to 90 percent of his body.

Saturday, Richardson released a book she wrote, “The Least of These: A Mother’s Journey Through The Tragis Loss Of Her Son”, to tell the story of her son and her process through life without him.

“If I don’t tell his story, no one will,” she says.

Dozens of mothers attended the event at Revelations Missionary Baptist Church. Speakers shared their pain and the faith that guided them through it.

“Only another mother can really actually experience the same thing that another woman has and especially if you’ve lost a child,” says keynote speaker Sheila Lovely. “No one can ever tell you, I know how you feel, because they don’t unless they’ve actually had that pain.”


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