One of the hardest trials any parent could go through is the loss of a child, said Dr. Katie Grace MacElveen, a Park City-based counselor.

“Some people would say something is out of order if a child dies before a parent,” MacElveen said. “And a loss like that changes how we relate to ourselves, our families and the world around us.”

To help parents cope with losing a child, MacElveen facilitates Sharing the Journey, a hiking support group that meets every third Sunday of the month.

The next session is slated to start at 3 p.m. on August 18, at Hugo Coffee, 1794 Olympic parkway in Kimball Junction.

“We meet and get an idea of what the group is up to,” MacElveen said. “Then we choose a hike that everyone can do.”

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