JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) For those going through the pain of losing a child or a loved one at any age, there is help available in Idaho. The Compassionate Friends is a national organization that provides "highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter," and they have a chapter in Southern Idaho.
Kim Grata is a part of the chapter that meets 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Amazing Grace Fellowship Church in Twin Falls. She lost her son in 2011 to a drug overdose and is turning her grief not only into good for herself but also individuals who've gone through similar experiences.
"That's the reason why I'm doing the work I'm doing today," Grata said. "I'm a substance abuse counselor and obviously what happened to my son has been a big influence."
Grata is a counselor, house manager and recovery coach at the Valley Community Counseling in Jerome. She says her current work in Jerome and with Compassionate Friends means a lot to her, and sees it bettering the lives of others.
"Having this support group in the Magic Valley has just been so important to me," Grata said. "For parents who have lost a child, to be able to be around a group of people that want to hear about that child is an amazing thing."
An amazing thing because talking about someone you lost helps you keep their memories alive, as well as learn new things you may have never known.
"The things I know about him now, I learned after he passed away," Grata said. "He was in a band. A pretty different Christian rock band. He played guitar and he was good at."
She want's those out there who may have lost a child to know there's help here in Southern Idaho to ease the process of losing a child.
"When you have loving supporting people that understand what you're going through around you, it makes this journey, just a little easier."
To find a Compassionate Friends chapter, head over to their website and use their locator.