News & Events


Worldwide Candle Lighting

Held annually the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Read More


TCF's Annual National Conference

A TCF National Conference is an event unlike any other where bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents are able to share with others walking the same grief journey. This is combined with well-known speakers, great entertainment, and more than 100 workshops covering most areas of grief after the death of a child. Read More

Walk to Remember

The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember®, now a highlight of every TCF National Conference, was created as a symbolic way to show the love we carry for the children we mourn. Held at 9:00 a.m. Sunday on the final day of the national conference, the Walk starts at the host hotel of the conference. Read More

Regional Conferences

Regional conferences offer a rewarding opportunity to share an intimate time with families that have also experienced the death of a child and are seeking ways to learn more about the common path on which we walk. Read More

Grief in the News

Grief in the News provides links to stories available online that generally reflect involvement by The Compassionate Friends in their communities and the nation. Read More