Workshop Presenter Information
Every year, The Compassionate Friends seeks to provide a wide variety of interesting and appropriate workshops during our national conference. Although the deadline to submit workshop proposals has passed for the
2013 National Conference being held in Boston, MA July 5-7, the information below outlines the criteria used in deciding how conference workshops are selected.
The Compassionate Friends invites a combination of new and experienced presenters. It uses a group of
core workshop presenters who consistently receive good reviews, are dependable,
and well liked by its conferees. The Compassionate Friends uses this core group
of people as anchors and builds its presenter base until the desired number of
presenters is met.
The Compassionate Friends feels
that each of the following are areas in which workshop representation is needed
at each conference:
- Causes of death
- Ages of the children
- Grief related to family and
- Grief of grandparents
- Early grief
- No surviving children
- Sibling related issues
o Sibling age issues
o Parental/family issues
o Adult sibling loss
o Grief process as experienced by siblings
- Long term griever
- General bereavement issues
o Finding hope
o Handling the holidays
o Handling special days
When reviewing workshop
presenter forms the following is considered:
- Workshop material that
conforms with the Seven Principles.
TCF offers friendship, understanding, and
hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.
○ TCF believes that bereaved parents, siblings, and
grandparents can help each other toward a positive resolution of grief.
○ TCF reaches out across society’s barriers to all
bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.
understands that every member has individual needs and rights.
○ TCF reaches out to the bereaved primarily through our
community of local chapters and secondarily by website, social media, and
TCF chapters belong to their members.
○ TCF is coordinated nationally in its support to its
chapters, bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.
- Fresh, new workshops that are
unique in subject matter.
- Well thought out proposals.
- Proposals that will be
helpful to conferee’s grief journey.
Care is taken to assure the
presenters are not volunteering to do a workshop to:
- Sell a product or service.
The October 15, 2012 deadline has now passed to submit a Workshop Presenter Form for the 2013 TCF National Conference in Boston, MA. Thank you to all who have submitted a workshop proposal.
- Prescribe or proselytize
spiritually, legally or medically.