Regional Conferences

TCF 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. Regional conferences are generally held three to four times a year around the country by local chapters, or groups of TCF chapters. The content of regional conferences will vary greatly as planners try to provide a comfortable and pleasant learning and sharing experience for all who attend. Most regional conferences have workshops of some type and quite often a special speaker and other planned events. Usually 50-200 people will attend most TCF regional conferences compared to 1200 or more for TCF’s annual national conference. Watch here (or sign up for our e-newsletter) for the latest information on future regional conferences.

April 24-25, 2015 ~ Meadville, PA
"Their Light Still Shines”
Days Inn, Meadville, PA

You are invited to attend the 10th Western Pennsylvania Regional TCF Conference: “Their Light Still Shines," hosted by the Crawford County Chapter on Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2015.  There will be sharing sessions and workshops that address specific circumstances and needs. 

Sarita Cunningham Hedderly, a bereaved parent of two children, will be the Keynote Speaker on Friday evening and facilitate a workshop on Saturday. Sarita is a chapter leader, a past NE Ohio Regional Coordinator and served on the National TCF Board of Directors. 

Kip Koerner, a bereaved parent, will be the Keynote Speaker at Saturday’s buffet luncheon.  Kip and his wife, Karen, are past NW PA Regional Coordinators.  

There will be picture boards - please limit the size of your photos to 5 x 7 inches. There will be a butterfly table with a variety of butterfly items available for purchase. The registration fee of $50.00 includes all materials, entrance to all workshops, sharing sessions, refreshments at break time and a buffet luncheon. Click here for a registration form.

The Conference will be held at the Days Inn, Meadville, PA. There will be a special flat rate for all rooms. Tell them you are attending the Compassionate Friends Conference to get the special rate. Make your reservations separately by calling the Days Inn (814) 337-4264. 

Anyone wishing a picture button of their child may send an additional $3.00 and a photo with their registration. The button will be in your registration packet. A breakfast buffet will be offered on Saturday morning at an additional cost of $5.95 (Plus tax and gratuity) payable at breakfast.

October 2-4, 2015 ~ Rochester, MN

"Hope and Healing for Our Broken Hearts”
Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester, MN

Speakers Mitch Carmody, speaker, author and bereaved dad and sibling;  Executive Director of TCF and bereaved dad, Alan Pedersen; Dr.Heidi Horsley, TCF National Board Member and Executive Director of "Open to Hope" and bereaved sibling;  and Glen Lord; vice president of the TCF Board of Directors and The Grief Toolbox, and bereaved dad. Special Friday Night program with Carla Blowey of "Dreaming Kevin" and Mitch Carmody of "Letters to My Son" on signs from our children and dream work. 

If you would like to further information, would like to volunteer or donate to our conference in some way, please call Cathy at 651.459.9341 or email at or Mary and Darwyn at 651-923-4922 Tri at

October 9-11, 2015 ~ King of Prussia, PA
"From a Broken Heart.....Emerges Hope and Healing"
Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA

Please come and share the experience of  the Eastern PA Regional TCF Conference being held in October, 2015. The committee has been hard at work preparing a program that will hopefully meet the needs of all attendees, starting with a dinner and guest speaker Friday night, to be followed by sharing sessions. 

There will be 24 adult workshops including a special workshop in Spanish for the Latino community. Also scheduled are 8 sibling workshops. On Saturday night, there will be a guest speaker, the candle lighting service, all followed by sharing sessions.

On Sunday morning we will host a butterfly release in lieu of a walk, with breakfast and a special guest speaker to end the conference.

Click here to download a registration form. 

If you need further information. would care to volunteer , be a sponsor or donate to our conference please contact Bobbi Milne ( or Ann Walsh (