Antoinette Bens made the remarks Tuesday as relatives and friends gathered at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore for the funeral of her son, Justin Diggs.
Bens also thanked the community for its support after her son's death.
Justin died on July 8 at the River Valley Ranch summer camp in Manchester when a storm downed several trees on a path where more than 100 campers were walking. Several other children were injured.
Relatives said Justin loved to swim, play sports and spend time with friends.