August 13, 2022


Local TCF Chapters

Arlington Chapter
Meets 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
5533 N. 16th Street (corner of N.16th and Inglewood Streets)
Arlington, VA 22205
Contact: Heidi Wagner Haggerty, (571) 216-5909

Fairfax Chapter
Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm
Historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall (next to the Church)
Fairfax Station Road at Rte. 123 (Ox Road) intersection
Contact: Carol Marino,, Chapter phone 703-622-3639

Leesburg Chapter
Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm
St. James Episcopal Church – Janney Parlor
14 Cornwall St. NW
Leesburg, VA
Contact: Bev or Bernie Elero, 540-882-9707

Prince William Chapter
Meets 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church
Library, 2nd Floor
9750 Wellington Rd
Manassas, VA
Contact: Jennifer Malloch,, 571-229-0768

TCF Reston (for no surviving children)
Meets 2nd Saturday of each month at 2 pm
North County Government Bld.
Reston Police Station Bld.
12000 Bowman Town Drive
Reston, VA
Contact: Nancy Vollmer (VA) 703-860-8587, Sharon Skarzynski (MD) 410-757-5049

Washington, DC Chapter
Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm
The Howard University
The Blackburn Center
2397 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059



The Compassionate Friends National Headquarters
48660 Pontiac Trail, #930808
Wixom, MI 48393 
(877) 969-0010
Survivors of Suicide:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
(888) 333-2377
Friends for Survival: A national outreach program for survivors of suicide loss.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255 (TALK)

Parents of Murdered Children:
(888) 818-7662
(703) 527-4077
SHARE (pregnancy & infant loss support):
(800) 821-6819
M.I.S.S. Foundation: following the death of a child. Local contact, Roberta Quick, 703-728-8446.Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
SIDS/SUIDS: Information on SIDS and support after a child has died from SIDS
CJ Foundation for SIDS: Supports grieving families following the death from SIDS.
Bereaved Parents of the USA: National organization helping families who have lost children.
GriefNet: Online support group of persons dealing with grief, death and major loss.
The Grief Tool Box: Resources to help with grief.
Good Grief: Educate and provide programs children, young people and adults challenge by loss and change
Alive Alone: Support for bereaved parents whose only child or children have died.


Washington Regional Transplant Community:
(703) 641-0100

Haven of Northern Virginia:
(703) 941-7000

Contact: 703-647-0911or
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
7628 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

MIS/Share, 301-460-6222 (24 hr. info Line) for VA also
Contact: Diane DelGrasso and Cubby LaHood
Meetings at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing:
4291 Connecticut Ave., Suite 300, WDC, 20008, 202-624-0010,


TCF Arlington Chapter Library
The Arlington Chapter maintains a large lending library of books that may be checked out by our members. A variety of books cover subjects such as grief, loss, healing, hope, spiritually, poems, infant loss, suicide, etc.

Recommended Readings

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Harold S. Kushner
Schocken Books, 1989
Addresses the questions that are raised when tragedy occurs

The Bereaved Parent
Harriet Sarnoff-Schiff
Penquin Books, 1977
The classic guide for bereaved parents and those who want to help them.

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies
Anne McCracken and Mary Semel
Editors Hazelden, 1998
A collection of fiction, poetry, and essays about the search for meaning after the death of a child.

Facing the Ultimate Loss: Coping With the Death of a Child
Robert J. Marx and Susan Wengerhoff Davidson
A compassionate guide to the grief process for parents who are mourning the death of a child. Also provides professional with insights to help grieving parents.

The Poems of Sascha Wagner
Sascha Wagner
Tennessee Valley Publishing, 2008
Poetry that is a source of hope and comfort to bereaved parents.

The Unspeakable Loss: How do You Live After a Child Dies
Nisha Zenoff
Da Capo Lifelong Ppress, Hachette Book Group, 2017
This unique book explores the aftermath of the death of a child with wisdom, depth, and incredible love.
The Five Ways We Grieve
Susan A. Berger
Trumpeter, Boston & London, 2011
This book offers a new approach to understanding and coping with the losses every human being experiences. The author gives bereaved people a useful tool for interpreting their responses to a loss and creating a new normal for their lives.
Understanding Your Grief
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D
Companion, 2003
Ten Essential Touchstones for finding hope and healing your Heart.
 I Walked a Mile With Sorrow
 Mary S. Cleckley
 Centering Corporation, 2006
Mary Cleckley's book gives a new grieving parent information and insight during those first months and years.
A Memoir of Motherhood, Grief, and Family Conflict
Kelly Kittel
SWP, 2014
A mother's heartbreaking account of losing two sons in the span of nine months--and of learning how to embrace love, honesty, and joy in the face of tragedy.
Comfort: A Journey Through Grief 
Ann Hood
Ann Hood writes about the death of her five year old daughter Grace. She says she writes about loss and grief because when I do, I'm also writing about love, and hope, and family, and all the big messy, glorious things in our lives.
This is not intended to be an complete list of grief books. Hopefully this will spark some ideas and point to that  which has been helpful to others. Trust your own intuition as you look through these and other resources that you come across. Discover what works for you. Please feel free to share your discoveries with us too.
Those first few years I found it helpful to wander through the book store's grief/help section.  
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