AMERICAN FORK — It's an ordeal no parent wants to go through: losing a child.

For Utah mom Nancy Boldt, it was her reality. Ten years ago the Boldt family lost their son Josh, then a year later Ben. It was a devastating ordeal for the family, an experience they didn't want anyone else to have to go through alone, so they created Joshy’s House of Hope.

The 110-year-old house at 43 N. 100 East is a place where hurting hearts can come to share their burdens and find comfort.

Fifteen-year-old Joshua had Down syndrome and died 10 years ago after a 15-month battle with cancer. Twelve-year-old Ben died of cancer in 2008.

"Our grief was so intense, and we just didn't know what to do,” Nancy Boldt said.

She and her family now run the house, creating a place for families in similar situations to grieve.

"They needed to sit and talk, and that's OK, and that's why we are here, is that some people very new in their grief, they need that and that's what we wanted to provide,” she said.

While their kids play upstairs, parents like Jeremy Hoop, who lost his 11-year-old son, Noah, three years ago, meet downstairs in a support group.

"That's one of the hardest things, using those memories, you know,” Hoop said.

He said to keep Noah's memory alive, he shares his stories with this group.

"When you lose something that profound, you're in the middle of a dark pit very far down and you need people who can climb down in there with you," he said.

Joshy’s House of Hope allows nonprofit groups such as Canary Gardens to facilitate peer-to-peer support groups for those who have lost a loved one, as well as groups such as Forget Me Not which provides support to survivors of suicide loss.

It’s a group with an unfortunate bond. but one Hoop is grateful for.

The Boldt family is able to rent this home using donations. Joshy's House of Hope is free and open to anyone who needs support after losing a child.

Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc