Compassionate Friends to discuss vacations and coping July 10

July 2, 2014

Vacation. It’s what you take when you’re tired of taking what you’ve been taking. This is true for families whose child (or grandchild) has died but sometimes vacations bring back sad memories of the “times when.” The Lighthouse Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet Thursday, July 10, in the Branford Lounge at Epworth United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The topic of the support group meeting will be dealing with the memories of past happy vacation times and to discuss what bereaved parents may or may not do during summer vacation when thoughts may be far from relaxing in the sun or at a favorite memorable spot away from home.

The TCF Lighthouse Chapter Memory Table will be set up and participants are asked to bring a photo of their child for discussion.

Epworth Church is on Holland Glade Road about a quarter mile from its intersection with Route One. Going south on Route One make a U-turn at Shuttle Road (CVS) and go north for a quarter mile. Turn right onto Glade Road just before the Oceanside Outlets. The church is on the right. For information about The Compassionate Friends ( call Team Leader Marge La Fond at 302-259-0212.

The Compassionate Friends was founded more than 40 years ago when a chaplain at a hospital in England met with a pair of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Each chapter, along with the supporting national office is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may seek support.

Today more than 650 chapters serving all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico offer friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died. Around the world more than 30 countries have a Compassionate Friends presence, encircling the globe with support so desperately needed when the worst has happened.