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Heart Connections – Continuing to Adjust During the Pandemic

Uncertainty and change continue this year as we adjust to this new stage of the pandemic. Vaccine availability has opened up new possibilities to gather in small groups. At the same time, some areas of our country are experiencing new surges in virus cases and hospitalizations. The majority of Americans are not yet vaccinated and the risks of COVID-19 continue and vary from state to state.

Chapters of The Compassionate Friends are determining when and how it may be safe to resume in-person support group meetings. Following their local, state, and CDC guidelines and the requirements of their host locations, recommended protocols will be in place to make gatherings as safe as possible when they resume. These include meeting outside when feasible, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and taking temperatures when entering a meeting.

Our bereaved members have different views on when they personally feel safe returning to in-person groups. To care for all of our bereaved families, TCF continues to offer a variety of ways that people can receive help and encouragement. In addition to attending an in-person meeting, you can access resources from wherever you are in the following ways:

  • Attend a virtual support group offered by your local chapter (find a chapter)
  • Join one or more of our 39 closed Facebook Groups representing different aspects of loss (find a group)
  • Participate in TCF’s online support chat groups (find a chat group)
  • Save the date for our 2021 national virtual conference on July 16-18, 2021 (more information)
  • Access our Rising in Grief and Hope virtual event (watch event)
  • Read TCF’s online magazine, We Need Not Walk Alone (read magazine)
  • Visit TCF’s resource page listing grief books (find a book), and read grief articles on TCF’s blog (read the blog)
  • Ask us to connect you with another chapter’s virtual meeting if yours is not offering them (contact us)

How we provide bereavement assistance to grieving families will remain flexible and evolve according to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. We are all excited to be together again in person and await the time when we can easily do that. In the meantime, TCF will continue to offer bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings needed help in as many creative and flexible ways as we can. We are here for you and will continue to ensure that our members “need not walk alone.”

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