A Symbol of Hope --- A Symbol of New Life
No one is required to talk at any meeting.
how difficult that can be when our grief is so fresh. We do ask that you listen, however.
Chapter meetings are open to all families who have
the death of a child, at any age, from any cause. Regardless of age, we in TCF believe our children
will always be
thought of as just that.....our children.
There is never a charge to attend a TCF meeting.
Our chapters rely on voluntary
donations from members, friends and the community at large.
happens at a meeting?
Some meetings are simply
and sharing our thoughts and feelings. At other times,
chapters have short
programs before the sharing time.
The programs may include a brief guest speaker,
viewing a video tape,
or listening to an audio tape.
I bring a friend with me?
Of course, you can bring
a friend, but we ask that they, as well as all members, respect each other's privacy.
It is important for us to be
able to share freely within our group and be sure confidences will be respected.
Yes. We all grieve differently and they may not be ready
to take part just
yet...or ever. And, likewise, many
parents attend meetings without their partners.
Religion doesn't matter to
Can people at a meeting accept that?
I think you will find TCF members are very tolerant of any views. After the death of a child, many priorities,
as well as values, change.
I have baby-sitting problems.
Would it be all right to bring my child with me?
While we understand the difficulties of finding child care,
we must ask
that any children attending with you be old enough to understand the meeting discussions and not be upset by them.
Some chapters have sibling groups for children sixteen or older; check with your local chapter about this.
No reservations are needed. Just come whenever you feel up to it.
child died several years ago, and I postponed my grief work. Now it's catching up with me. Is it too late to come now?
We all grieve differently.
Many parents don't feel the need
of a support group until years after the death of a child.
It's all right
to come whenever you are ready, whether it's soon
after your child's death, months later or years later.