to Expect at a Meeting
meetings often consist of two parts, a sharing session plus a program related
to bereavement after the death of a child. Some larger chapters may break up
into smaller groups for sharing so that everyone has the opportunity to talk
about their grief. Some chapters also have special sub-groups for siblings,
Spanish language members, or even the most newly bereaved.
will hear from others whose child died from pre-birth to adulthood. Some who
attend will be young and some will be old. Some will be women and some will be
men. Some will come alone while others will come as couples.
there will be a preplanned speaker who will talk about a bereavement issue.
Sometimes a bereavement topic of interest will be chosen to discuss. Some
chapters offer special programs such as a memorial service.
you’re shy or unable to talk about your loss, you do not have to speak,
although you will have the opportunity. No one is forced to talk about his or
her loss. Much can be gained by listening. Some people believe it’s harder to
talk in front of strangers about something so intimate as the loss of a child,
but because everyone else at the meeting has had a similar experience, they
understand much of what you are feeling and you will eventually reach a comfort
level with those you meet. A point to always keep in mind is that what is said
in the meeting stays in the meeting. The privacy of our members is important.
We’re all there to work toward healing.
be hard for you to believe, but occasionally you will hear laughter. This is
not a dishonor to any child. Rather it is often a reaction to a wonderful
memory of a child.
you come to a meeting of The Compassionate Friends, we ask that you attend at
least three meetings before you decide if the group is for you. For many, the
first meeting may also be the first time they've been able to talk about what
has happened to them and to their family and to the child. This can bring a lot
of emotion to the forefront, emotion which seems to disappear over the months
as you talk about your loss. Don’t worry, we’ll bring the tissues. Tears are a
natural release for a grieving person and are a way to help cleanse the body of
than 17,000 bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents in need of support
attend TCF meetings in the U.S. every month. You will find it is so very true
what we often say, "You need not walk alone!"
Meetings are held at:
Marietta First Baptist Church Welcome Center (3rd Floor)
63 Dobbs St. Marietta Georgia