Grief support group forms

Two local women have brought a much-needed grief support group to Miles City for those who have lost a child or grandchild.

Suzanne King and Sherri Henderson, friends from years of teaching together but also bonded through loss,  noticed the need.

King lost her grandson two and a half years ago while Henderson lost her son seven and a half years ago. 

“It’s not natural. You aren’t supposed to bury your kids or grandkids,” Henderson said.

The group was formed through the national non-profit organization The Compassionate Friends (TCF). TCF has almost 700 chapters in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. 

They meet at The Parlor at 1806 Main Street on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings usually last an hour. The first meeting was held in September.                                                                    

According to Henderson, King was the driving force behind the group’s formation.

“Suzanne has been working on it for over a year. This is her baby,” Henderson said. “This is all because of her. She’s the one who got it going.”

According to King, TCF makes it easy to start a program.

After a call to the organization King was sent an information packet. Once the paperwork was filled out and returned she received another packet the next week. 

“A lot of people are hesitant to come to something like this. We wanted people to know that it’s an organization with help available,” King said. 

According to both King and Henderson the meetings are designed for those age 18 and older, but if parents think it would be helpful for a younger sibling to attend they are welcome. 

“It just nice to be with people that truly understand and you can say things and not be judged,” said Henderson. “You can just talk about your child. It’s okay to remember.”

Both women describe the meetings as relaxed and informal. The meetings are  also confidential. 

The group is supported by donations which are tax deductible. 

For more information call King at (406) 951-0991.