A chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) has been chartered in Los Alamos. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child.
According to Simon Stephens, the founder of TCF, “The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”
“Chapter meetings are, above all, safe places where thoughts and feelings can be freely expressed, and where all participants can find care and friendship,” he said.
The Los Alamos Chapter of TCF will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m., July 23. The group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Suite 140 on the northeast side of the new YMBA Annex, located in Central Park Square, off Central Avenue in Los Alamos. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome at TCF meetings, regardless of age.
The Los Alamos Chapter is co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. Additional information about The Compassionate Friends may be found on the organization’s website at www.compassionatefriends.org.