Compassionate Friends of Southwest Georgia Formed in Bainbridge

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BAINBRIDGE, GA - Losing a child is a parent's worst nightmare. Many families don't know where to turn for support. A new organization in Bainbridge Is helping with the healing process.

June Faircloth knows the pain of losing a child all too well. Her son, Dylan, was killed in a car wreck back in July 2010. He was only 18 years old.

"I was just devastated. I wasn't able to work. Everything from my income to emotionally; just absolutely not knowing what to do with my life and there was nobody there to support me."

Faircloth says after watching far too many other families lose their children, she knew she had to find way to help.

"They needed it desperately. There's just not enough support in the grief realm of people who have walked that walk."

That led to Faircloth establishing "The Compassionate Friends of Southwest Georgia." The local chapter is now one of 650 throughout the country.

"The one thing about compassionate friends is, you can't even attend the meetings or be a part of it unless you are a parent, grandparent of sibling to a deceased child and that makes the difference."

Faircloth says the meetings will be very informal and will be led by a steering committee, with folks from all different backgrounds who share at least one thing in common - grief.

"Sometimes it's just to come and meet somebody else that you can contact at others times in need. It's just strictly for us to get together and socialize and support each other."

Faircloth says people from Georgia and Florida are invited to attend the meetings.

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