May 19, 2019

Meetings

Chapter meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at:

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Lewis Room
5533 North 16th Street
Arlington, VA 22205

(In the event of inclement weather necessitating the closing of Northern Virginia public schools or the cancellation of evening activities, our chapter meeting will also be cancelled.)

Our meetings are open to all bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents whose children have died at any age from any cause. You are welcome to attend no matter how much time has passed since your child has died. If you are uncomfortable attending alone, feel free to bring a friend or relative to support you.

We usually begin each meeting by introducing ourselves and our children who have died, but no one is required to speak. Sometimes it is helpful just to listen. Our meetings usually consist of sharing sessions facilitated by bereaved parents who are further along on their grief journey. Each month, we select a different topic to start off our sharing sessions, but our discussions are not limited to that particular topic. We try to meet the needs of everyone who attends the meetings.

Before our sharing sessions we celebrate our child’s birthday or Remembrance Day. A Birthday and Remembrance Table is featured at our monthly meetings. A list of all of our members’ children who have a birthday that month or it’s their child’s Remembrance month will be posted and read.Parents bring in photos of their child and their child’s favorite snack. We hope that this will provide our parents with an opportunity to share their children’s lives with others in the group.

Our meetings offer a safe place for us to talk about our children and our feelings with others who truly understand. In order to ensure the comfort and trust of our members, we adhere to the following ground rules:

  • Please be respectful of the other members of the group.
  • Let everyone who wishes to speak have an equal opportunity to do so, free from interruption. Do not monopolize the conversation.
  • Please refrain from judging or criticizing others. We are all entitled to our point of view.
  • Please avoid side conversations with others while a member is speaking.
  • Please turn off cell phones or put on vibrate.
  • Please treat what is shared at the meeting as confidential.
  • Please accept differences that are cultural, religious, ethnic, social and racial. We promote acceptance of personal/racial/religious differences.

Feel free to come a little early or to stay for a little while after the sharing session to browse through our lending library. Refreshments and opportunities to converse with individual members are also available after the meetings. No two meetings are the same. It is best to try to attend a few meetings before deciding whether or not The Compassionate Friends will help.

For more information click on Frequently Asked Questions.