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Mother remembers death of four children 10 years after they drowned in Meramec River

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Firefighters on the scene of the drowning of Edris Griffin's four children on the Meramec River. Credit" KMOV Firefighters on the scene of the drowning of Edris Griffin's four children on the Meramec River. Credit" KMOV

(KMOV.com) – A mother remembers the death of her four children 10 years after they drowned in Meramec River.

In July of 2006, five children ages 10 – 17-years-old, drowned during a church outing when they were caught in the river's current.

Four of the children were siblings. The mother of the four children, Edris Griffin, spoke about how she is coping ten years later.

“I would never think I would have to bury four of my children; live without them, but it happened,” said Griffin.

Griffin says after she heard about the recent drownings in the Meramec River, she wanted to reach out to the families and let them know how deeply sorry she is and she would pray for the families.

When four of her eight children drowned in 2006, Griffin says she learned the agony of a great loss.

Griffin says after burying her children, the healing process began.

“I had to go through clothes, get rid of beds, toys, bikes, whatever they owned to give it to another child,” said Griffin.

But Griffin says she did more than that. Griffin set up a foundation called The 4 Angels Organization.

She says she does not want her children to have died in vain.  

“If you're faced with hurt of a loss of loved one, don't shelter yourself. Get out into the community and make a difference, cause’ we all need each other,” said Griffin.

She also mentions her faith has helped get her through the last ten years.

“Because God has brought me through and he continues to bring me through. It's a day-to-day process. That's what my family did, take it one day at a time,” said Griffin.

Griffin says the healing process continues. Griffin says she does not know when or if ever, she will be healed after the loss of her children.

When the anniversary of their deaths come in July, she does not look at it with sadness, but says she celebrates their lives.

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