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Our Chapter

Email:
Tcfinnerloop@gmail.com
Phone:
713-877-8626
Chapter Leader:
Cathy Knapp
Treasurer:
Neda Scanlan
Secretary:
Debbie Manthei
Librarian:
Paula Grossman
Programs:
Pat Watson
Webmaster:
Jay Grossman
Facilitator:
Anita Byars
Hospitality:
Sandra Wright
Outreach:
Janis Hooker
Publicity:
Linda de Sosa
Sibling Rep.:
Daphne Floran

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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.

 

MEETING INFORMATION:

Houston Inner Loop Chapter meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (except in December) at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77004, in the Fireside Room.

Next Monthly Support Group Meeting: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, Channing Hall, 5200 Fannin, Houston, TX 77004

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 18th annual Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony 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 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

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. Families will complete their child’s name on the card placed next to their photo on the memory table.

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 size 5 x 7 or size 8 x 10 photo of their loved one, and/or a small remembrance to display next to their candle 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.

Immediately after the candle lighting ceremony families are invited to visit with the other Compassionate Friends and look through available TCF literature.

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.

Contact: Cathy Knapp
Telephone: 713-877-8626
Email: tcfinnerloop@gmail.com



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Addiction & Overdose Small Group Discussion Meeting (meets on the fourth Sunday of each month unless noted otherwise)

NOTE: The group will not meet in December.

We will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, for our group discussion at the home of Anita Byars (amorgan529@sbcglobal.net).

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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Social Event: Breakfast Club

Our next Breakfast Club will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at Corner Bakery Café, 2625 Southwest Freeway. We hope to see you there!
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Social Event: Dinner At Shanghai River Restaurant

Our last dinner/social on September 6th at the Shanghai River Restaurant was, as usual, a big success. It was a great opportunity to get to know one another and our children better while sharing a meal.

We hope to see you at the next dinner - watch for announcements.



 
REMEMBRANCE BOOK:

Every year you, your family and friends are invited to post messages to loved ones in the Remembrance Book, which will be available online during the Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony at The Compassionate Friend’s national website – www.compassionatefriends.org.

You can post a message to your loved one starting at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, on Friday, December 12th. It will be available through Monday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m.

This is a meaningful opportunity for family and friends to connect with loved ones.






 

 

 
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