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.
OCTOBER MEETING INFORMATION
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 on December 10th at the Hines Center.
Topic: "Is Joy Possible Now or Ever Again?"
Date:Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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.
Addiction & Overdose Small Group Discussion Meeting (meets on the fourth Sunday of each month unless noted otherwise)
We will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017, for our group discussion at the home of Cathy Knapp. Please contact Cathy (email@example.com) for directions.
Focus of the group discussion is specific to addiction and overdose, and we will also talk about how much we love our children. Any and all are welcome, and no one is obligated to bring anything. Light refreshments will be served.
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Candle Lighting Ceremony
Date & Time: Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
Location: The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, 500 Fannin, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002
Highlights: 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 and music. Each family will light a candle tell us their child’s name, date of death and age of child at the time of death.
Families will 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. Each family will also bring a covered dish 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.
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.
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.