TCF National Conference in Boston, MA
Ends on High Note!


Three days of friendship, understanding, and hope brought together over 1300 people for the 36th TCF National Conference, themed "Beacon of Love - Rays of Hope." Hugs abounded as old friends and new acquaintances prepared for their journeys home from a wonderfully well received conference that was so successful because of the hard work of the Boston Conference Committee, the National Office Staff, workshop presenters, and many others who provided support in so many different ways. The Walk to Remember was held Sunday morning at the historic Boston Common, and over 1,400 people walked a shortened one-mile route, often hand-in-hand, carrying the names of thousands of children loved, missed, and remembered, from across the country. 



See Pictures from National Conference in album on TCF USA Facebook Page


 2013 National Conference Program Book

Conference Schedule

Full Registration Brochure--including Walk to Remember Registration (for reference)

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 Fox 25 Boston: Pre-Conference Interview--Compassionate Friends: Helping parents recover from the loss of a child

The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember and National Conference

Spitz Take: 'Friends' Bonded by Death to Meet

FROM NEWS TELEGRAM (Worcester, MA) 5/20/2013: Bereaved friends seek strength together - Families who've lost children gather

NEW PRESS RELEASE: 1500 Grieving for Children Converge on Boston July 5-7 for Compassionate Friends National Conference


If you're seeking a way to remember and grieve for your child, sibling, or grandchild with people who understand and don't expect you to be "back to normal," give yourself a gift of hope and healing each year by attending TCF's annual National Conference. This is an opportunity to be surrounded by a safe-haven that comes along only once a year. See old friends and make new ones while learning coping mechanisms and skills that will help you and surviving family members through the rough times.

2013 Conference Keynoters!

TCF is always known for having great keynoters and following are the keynoters who helped to make the 2013 conference a healing experience:

  • Dr. Heidi Horsley, Dr. Gloria Horsley, founders of "Open to Hope" Foundation and Phil Horsley (Chair of TCF Foundation's Board of Trustees), a family united after the loss of son and sibling Scott, will combine to welcome you as Opening keynoters at the National Conference.
  • Tina Chery who, after the murder of her son Louis, created the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute with a mission to create and support an environment where families can live in peace and unity.
  • Dr. Ken Druck, author of several books including Healing After the Loss of a Loved One, is a bereaved parent, subsequently founding the Jenna Druck Center, and one of the nation's pioneers in personal transformation including healing after loss.
  • Bill Hancock, director of the Bowl Championship Series (college football), author of Riding with the Blue Moth, and father of Will, who was killed during the January 27, 2001 crash of an airplane carrying members of the Oklahoma State University men's basketball team.

Plan to attend this year and hear some great speakers and participate in other activities (for more biographical information on our speakers and to learn more about activities planned, download 2013 National Conference Program Book).

"Beacon of Love - Rays of Hope" Memento

Every year we offer a special unique memento of the conference that you can order for a nominal charge. TCF's National Conference in Boston featured the "Beacon of Love - Rays of Hope" memento and several hundred were ordered.

Here's a comment we received from a mother who received her memento shortly after the conference:

 I received my picture of my son . . . from the Boston conference. I am sorry I wasn't able to attend it but I am "proud" my son was there with all the beloved children. The picture is absolutely beautiful. Thank you Compassionate Friends for all you do for us . . . Audrey

Walk to Remember


The Compassionate Friends was pleased to have The Paula Rosina Santoro Foundation and Pfizer official 2013 sponsors of The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember!


To learn more about TCF National Conferences in general, visit national conferences.


Highlights from the 2011 event in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Special thanks for highlights sponsors Amery Regional Medical Center and TCF's Manhattan Chapter! Thanks to Photographer, highlightseditor Chris Loder.


Comments from Compassionate Friends who attended the 34th National Conference held in Minneapolis:

"This conference was life changing for me--my daughter died last year. Thank you to everyone that made my experience possible."


"The conference was great as usual. It is great to have a place like the National Conference to be ourselves. The unfortunate part is going home and back to the real world."


"Attending the conference was the best thing I could have done for myself. It's a vacation with my son that I will take every year!!!"


"I attended my first conference and it was one of the best things I have ever done. The friends I made were incredible and the feeling throughout the whole weekend was so healing. I never thought I would have to belong to such a club, but am grateful it is there to help. Thank you TCF!"