Pay it Forward: Grieving families find support, healing at The Bradley Center

Pay it Forward: Grieving families find support, healing at The Bradley Center (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — For eight years, The Bradley Center has been helping families deal with grief.

It was founded by Janice Taylor and Carrie Moore after losing both their husbands in a plane crash 23 years ago.

"It just changed our lives so drastically, so quickly," said Taylor.

Both of their families struggled with the loss throughout the years and couldn't find the help they wanted.

Fifteen years after the crash, Moore approached Taylor about starting the program.

"I think for both of us, this has really been a healing opportunity," Moore said.

At The Bradley Center, families come together for peer support groups.

"The peer support is the most magical way to help people through grief," Taylor said.

Children meet other kids who have lost someone.

"It normalizes what they're doing through," explained Moore.

Parents also get to come together to talk about their struggles and grief.

"There's a real trust and sense of confidentiality and a safety here," Taylor said.

At the end of the peer groups, everyone comes together to lock arms in a circle.

"We do what's called the 'arm squeeze' that goes all the way around the circle," described Moore. "It's a time for them to look around and say, 'look at all these other people who are dealing with the very same thing.'"

The Bradley Center is a nonprofit, and volunteers facilitate the peer groups.

"When people need help, we want to be able to provide it," Taylor said.

Families meet on Monday evenings for the groups. They also talk about faith as part of the healing process, but all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to The Bradley Center.

For more information, you can visit The Bradley Center website.