The Compassionate Friends National Conference is a weekend spent surrounded by other bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. It is a place where hope grows and friendships are made with others who truly understand. With inspirational keynote speakers, abundant workshops for everyone’s wants and needs, and a remembrance candle lighting program culminating with the annual Walk to Remember, this time of healing and hope is the gift we give ourselves. Join us as together we remember and share the everlasting love we have for our precious children, siblings and grandchildren.
The 41st TCF National Conference will be in held in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 27-29, 2018. “Gateway to Hope and Healing” is the theme of this year’s event, which promises more of this last’s great National Conference experience. The 2018 Conference will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. We’ll keep you updated with details here, on the national website as well as on our TCF/USA Facebook Page and elsewhere as they become available. Plan to come and be a part of this heartwarming experience.
• Choose to attend over a hundred different workshops and sharing sessions, given by professionals and also individuals just like you.
• Take advantage of “Healing Haven” to receive free personal services such as a massage.
• Discover the special art project, “100 Siblings Remembered,” commissioned as a tribute to our lost siblings, created by Jessica Wilson.
• Craft items to commemorate the love for your family member in the “Crafty Corner”.
• Step away for a quiet moment of pause in the “Reflection Room”.
• Explore the TCF Marketplace offering items for purchase that are meaningful to all on the grief journey together.
• Reflect back on the conference by thumbing through your 2018 Keepsake Memorial Journal.
Adult Registration $115
Child Registration (9-17) $55
Full-time College Student Registration $55
Active Military Registration $55
TCF’s discounted rate with the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel is $140 per night plus tax. Reservations can now be made online or by calling the Marriott Reservation line at 800-397-1282. Please note that each attendee will only be able to reserve two rooms. If your group needs to reserve a larger block of rooms, please contact the National Office to make arrangements for your reservations.
Transportation to/from the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel to/from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport (approximately 15 miles)
GO BEST Express 877-785-4682: $21.00 one way
Estimated taxi fare: $40.00 one way
Bus service: $7.00 one way
Subway service: $3.50 one way
Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D. LMGT is a California licensed marriage and family counselor, psychotherapist, grief counselor, and dance/movement therapist and bereaved mother of Victor Zenoff. She is the author of The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies published in 2017.
Stéphane Gerson is a writer whose memoir Disaster Falls: A Family History (Crown, 2017) explores the death of his eight-year-old son Owen and its impact within his family. Gerson is also a historian at NYU, where he directs the Institute of French Studies.
Basia Mosinski, MB MFA is the founder and CEO of OneLife.Coach – Mind, Body, & Spiritual Alignment Coach. She is TCF Newport Beach Chapter founder and leader. Her stepson Logan died in 1993 in a head-on train collision; her son Richard died in 2014 of a pulmonary embolism on an airplane.
Chris Lourenco was only nine-years-old when his older brothers, Zachary 17 and Alexander 14, were electrocuted during a sailboat ride that struck low lying power lines. Chris attended his first TCF national conference in Boston in 2005 and met other surviving siblings who could relate to what he was going through.
The process of planning and staging a National Conference of this size and scope is a challenge. Success results from the efforts and cooperation of many volunteers. The Conference Committee has been hard at work planning the event. Now, we are in need of additional volunteers during the Conference itself. Those of you who have attended previous Conferences may have found that helping is also healing.
At last year’s conference our first attempt at a program journal was so successful we’re going to do it again in 2018. We’re starting early this year so everyone has time to reach out to vendors who want to support us by taking a full page ad. Let’s see how creative we can be to sell 50 full page ads!
Calling all Vendors! This year’s TCF National Conference in St. Louis, MO will include a TCF Marketplace and we’d love to have you be a part of this venture. Our vision is a marketplace where a variety of vendors offer products designed to provide comfort to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Please review the vendor information/application and consider joining us for a wonderful weekend of hope and healing.
Keep your child’s, grandchild’s or sibling’s memory alive with this two-sided personalized photo memento – one side features the 2018 TCF National Conference logo, and the other side is a photo of the one you love with their name along the bottom. These mementos are created of porcelain, measuring 3” in diameter and include a ribbon for easy hanging. This is a wonderful remembrance of your TCF national conference experience to take home and cherish. Mementos are also available from some of our past national conference logos as well. The cost of this beautiful keepsake is $15. Shipping and handling is an additional $5 for those not attending the National Conference.
Staging a national conference involves the commitment of many volunteers, as well as the generosity of countless individuals, businesses and organizations. Conference sponsorships, at a variety of levels, are used to ensure that this important event continues to help all who need us. Please consider showing your support of TCF’s National Conference through either a sponsorship, silent auction donation, or an outright donation directly in support of the Conference. Your generous assistance is greatly needed and equally appreciated.
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