Welcome To The Compassionate Friends
Potomac Maryland Chapter
Katherine Bloom - Chapter Leader / Nancy Frank and Mary Mandeville - Co-Leaders
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national, self-help organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, regardless of the age of the child or the cause of death. There are over 600 local chapters in the United States. We have no religious affiliation, and welcome parents, siblings and other family members whose children have died from any cause.
We offer support, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who are grieving, and provide a safe and caring environment for listening and sharing.
It takes great courage to attend a first meeting, but we have a support system that only other bereaved families can offer. 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. Our vision is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.
Meetings are Held every month and you are welcome to come unannounced and to bring a friend if you wish. Every meeting can be different and we encourage you to try 3 meetings before deciding if the Program is beneficial to you.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. There are several TCF Chapters in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and information regarding their specific meeting dates and times can be found on the Chapter Locator on the national website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.
For further information about our Chapter, please call Barbara or George Beall at 301-253-8740. Or you may email your thoughts to us anytime at email@example.com
The Potomac Chapter
meets at 7:00 PM
1st Tuesday of the every month
Potomac Presbyterian Church
10301 River Road,
Potomac, MD 20854
Our meetings include a time together in a full circle where we briefly introduce ourselves and share current activities, and then we break into smaller sharing groups on topics where we can get to know other bereaved parents or siblings and learn coping skills and strategies from each other's experiences. At our December meeting, we have a special family program called Candle Lighting, which is a time of remembering our children/siblings/grandchildren with a meaningful program and ceremony.
Potomac Chapter has a lending library of helpful books and other materials, and publishes a newsletter several times a year, and you may read the current issue by clicking on the Newsletter Link at the left.
The Compassionate Friends has over 600 local chapters all over the United States. The national website has much good information, as well as links to help us in our journey through grief, and refers inquirers to the local chapters. The national Magazine of TCF is called "We Need Not Walk Alone," and is published quarterly.
The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P. O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696