Each month we honor outstanding citizens here in central oregon with our pay it forward segment.
This month... we say good grief!
Not for charlie brown... but for a very special woman... and her for those at their lowest points on the high desert.
Dani fried has the story.
### "and i see so much grief in thi world and realize that it really is a universal issue."
She's a beacon of light for people stuck in a dark place.
"it's an excercise in changin your life."
Darlene gertsch i the founder of good grief guidance.
She works with people both individually and in group settings to make sure they have a hand to hold through tough times.
"darlene's is unique.
It is no just grief counseling it is working through any events in your life."
Before june kro became the secretary at good grief guidance, she herself was counseled by darlene.
"darlene brought us so together that the feeling of compassion for one another and caring and sharing and just knowing that there's an answer for everything out there that's going on.
It was magical."
"we wanted to thank you o behald of mid oregon credit union and co energy propane and newschannel 21 and wated to give you 500 dollars for the amazing work you're doing.
We are so honored we are thrilled to death thank you very much."
Darlene became a counselor after going through her own grief... the loss of her two sons.
"healing has always been ver relavent to me since my loss of those children."
But her loss has only aided in her ability to better help others.
"good grief is an invitation t that, learning how to thrive in the face of suffering."
Her hel in the bend community is why we have named her this months... pay it forward winner.
In bend, dani fried newschannel 21.
### and darlene says she is going to put the money toward the men at deer ridge correctional institution for grief counseling.
If you know someone who has gone above and beyond in the community you can nominate them by heading to ktvz.com and clicking on our contest tab.