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TCF E-Newsletter October 2018

    22nd Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left…

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The Keepers of Memories

You make friends because you have things in common.  We are friends because of our children.  The older ones, the younger ones, the ones who never even had a chance to breathe. They are our reason for being.  Our heartbeat,…

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42nd National Conference

The 42nd TCF National Conference will be in held in Philadelphia, on July 19-21, 2019. “Hope Rings in Philadelphia” is the theme of next year’s event, which promises more of this year’s great National Conference experience. We’ll keep you updated with details…

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Suicide: How Do We Say It?

From the moment we learned of our daughter’s death, I knew that the word “suicide” had the power to erase her life while emblazoning her death in neon letters in the minds of her friends and colleagues. During the unremitting…

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A Grammy’s Grief

As with most holidays, Grandparents’ Day can produce many different emotions for me as a bereaved grandmother. While I am so very thankful for the three grandchildren my husband and I have living on earth, leading up to Grandparents’ Day,…

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Thoughts and Thanks

We wish to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, keynote speakers, workshop presenters, entertainers, sharing session facilitators and attendees for making our 41st National Conference a huge success. To view the Walk to Remember photos, view our Facebook album. To see photos of the Conference,…

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The Arch

This piece was beautifully written by Pamela Hagens. Samuel’s Mom, from the TCF Nashville Chapter, as well as read by her at the 41st TCF National Conference at the Friday luncheon on July 27, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. The…

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“That Room” Becomes Home

The setting is a little strange. “That Room” is longer than it is square. The chairs are in an oblong circle, boxes of tissue are strategically placed. Someone has made coffee and there are brownies or a cake—and all the…

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Summer

On the beach, cool breezes blow across the water, but the sun’s rays feel warm upon my face. The ocean laps gently at the shore. I see one golden haired lad with shovel and pail filling the moat around his…

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Thoughts on Memorial Day Weekend

It is Memorial Day weekend…I remember the first one came just a couple of weeks after Nina died on May 11th. It was really the first time I thought about what this weekend meant…of course, first and foremost, honoring and…

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