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 too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual Worldwide
Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. Continue
The 41st TCF National Conference
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, view our Conference photo album.
The 41st TCF Conference in St Louis was as good as it has ever been for me… Workshops, Sharing Sessions, Keynotes, Candle lighting ceremony, Walk to Remember, Sibling keynote were all memorable. The highlight for me was the speech by the man from Nationwide our sponsor. He broke down a few times during his speech as tragedy had found his family too. As an audience, we wept silently with him. He need not walk alone. – Ron Gallacher, Snoqualmie, WA Continue
“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 pictures. Continue
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. Continue
Congratulations New Chapters
and welcome to new chapters
#2523 TCF of Sandston, VA that meets in Sandston, VA chartered on August 1, chapter leader Susan Goodin
#2524 TCF of Norfolk, NE that meets in Norfolk, NE chartered on September 11,
chapter co-leaders Angela Randles and Krista Freeman
#2525 TCF WI, Healing Hearts that meets in Burlington, WI chartered on September
18, chapter co-leaders Sall Schaeffer and Heather Applebee
#2526 TCF of Southeast, TX that meets in Lumberton, TX chartered on September
26, chapter co-leaders Vanessa Stanley and Judi Thompson
#2527 TCF of Beach Cities/LA Chapter that meets in Torrance, CA chartered on October 5,
chapter leader Kristen Day
#2528 TCF of Kissimmee that meets in Kissimmee, FL chartered on October 15,
chapter co-leaders Barrie Ponak and Hashi Richards
For Chapter meeting information on all our current Chapters, visit our Chapter Locator.
Read the latest issue of We Need Not Walk Alone
The Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of We Need Not Walk Alone is available soon for free on TCF’s website. May you find the articles, poems and other information in it–written by grief professionals and other bereaved family
members–to be helpful and inspiring as you journey towards hope and healing.
Online Support Community
The Compassionate Friends offers “virtual chapters” through an Online Support Community (live chats). This program was established to encourage connecting
and sharing among parents, grandparents, and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The rooms supply support,
encouragement, and friendship. The friendly atmosphere encouragesco conversation among friends; friends who understand the emotions
you’re experiencing. There are general bereavement sessions as well as more specific sessions. View Schedule
Closed Facebook Groups
The Compassionate Friends offers a variety of closed Facebook Groups. These pages were
established to encourage connection and sharing among parents, stepparents, grandparents, and siblings grieving the death of a child, grandchild or sibling. View Groups
Chapter Leadership Training
We encourage Chapter leadership to take advantage of these one-day training programs offered in local regions that are free to attend. We have several being planned for 2018, check the Leadership website and Chapter Leadership Facebook page for updates.
Open to Hope
Open to Hope features grief experts, Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley, who discuss many aspects of bereavement with a focus on the death of a child and its effects on the family. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming programs.
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