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Our Chapter

Email:
Tcfinnerloop@gmail.com
Phone:
713-877-8626
Co-Leader:
Anita Byars
Neda Scanlan
Secretary:
Debbie Manthei
Treasurer:
Daphne Floran
Programs:
Pat Watson
Hospitality:
Sandra Wright
Outreach:
Janis Hooker
Community Awareness:
Linda de Sosa
Librarian:
Vacant
Members:
Marisa Schwartz
Webmaster:
Cathy Knapp

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The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit, self-help support organization for families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There are no dues or fees and all bereaved family members are welcome.

TCF exists to support and assist bereaved parents, siblings and other family members in the positive resolution of their grief, and to foster their physical and emotional health. Monthly chapter meetings offer friendship, caring and a safe place to talk. Monthly newsletters and caring friends offer telephone support.

The secret of TCF's success is simple: As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. The vision of The Compassionate Friends is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.

 

22nd ANNUAL WORLDWIDE CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY & POT LUCK DINNER
Sunday, December 9th

(No regular support group meeting in December at The Hope & Healing Center)


The Compassionate Friends 22nd Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony will unite 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.

Date & Time: Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, 500 Fannin, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002

Some free parking spaces have been secured for our guests for the evening on Prairie Street in the pay lot across from The Hines Center. There is an entrance on Prairie Street across from the entrance we use to The Hines Center. If you tell the person at the booth that you are with The Compassionate Friends, they should direct you to the free parking spaces in the corner of the lot directly across from The Hines Center. You will not have to pay, and you will just have to walk across the street to be at the entrance of The Hines Center. You can also park at 511 San Jacinto for free, but that is about a block and a half to walk to The Hines Center entrance.

Each family will bring a covered dish (a favorite recipe of your loved one!) to share before the ceremony (bring pot luck item and all serving pieces at 5:45 p.m.). We will have access to a kitchen for preparing your dishes, heating them up or keeping them cold.

Families will also bring one photo, either a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 photo of their loved one, and/or a small remembrance to display next to their candle on the memory table, and complete their child’s name on the card placed next to their photo on the memory table. Candles and holders will be provided by the Chapter.

At 6:00 p.m., immediately before the candle lighting ceremony, a meal will be shared with the food provided by the bereaved families. Drinks, ice and paper goods will be provided by the Chapter.

The welcome starts at 6:55 p.m. and the ceremony/lighting of the candles starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. There will be poetry readings, music and a slide show with photos of our loved ones. Each family will light a candle tell us their child’s name, date of death and age of child at the time of death.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.

Bereaved parents are encouraged to bring family and friends to join in quiet remembrance of their children who have died, but will never be forgotten.



 
JANUARY 2019 MEETING INFORMATION

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Topic: “Coping with Triggers on the Grief Journey”

Time: Please note that at 6:30 p.m. we have a 30-minute meeting for Newcomers and the Newly Bereaved. At 7:00 p.m. the doors open for the regular meeting; newcomers join members at this time.

Monthly Meeting Location: All monthly support group meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Hope and Healing Center, 5025 Riverway Drive, Houston, TX 77056 (located on the campus of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road), except the second Sunday in December when the Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony is held.

For information call 713-877-8626 or email at tcfinnerloop@gmail.com.



 

 

 
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