Dear Compassionate Friend:

A reminder that our 19th Annual Candle Lighting Celebration will take place next Sunday, December 10th at St Augustine’s Church Hall, 1060 Baseline Road (at Merivale). Parking is accessible from Baseline Road eastbound. Please use the entrance door on the east side of the building (away from the car dealership).

All parents, families and friends of children who have died from any cause, at any age, from infant to adult, are invited to attend a non-religious celebration of remembrance. Please bring a freestanding picture of your child/ren for the display table and arrive by 6:30pm for a prompt 7:00pm start. Candles will be provided and light refreshments will follow. There is no charge to attend.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting is held annually on the second Sunday in December. At 7:00pm in every time zone, candles are lighted in honour of all children who have died. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light that encircles the globe … that their light may always shine.

We hope that you will be able to join us at this special event.

Note that our regular monthly Sharing Circle will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
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Dear Compassionate Friend:

The clocks have changed, the days are shortening and winter is about to give us a taste of what we can expect for the next few months. We can have faith that it will only be for a limited time and that longer days and warmer weather will return almost before we know it. Similarly, we can hold on to the hope that the winter of grief will become more tolerable with the passing of time. Sharing our stories with others who understand is a sure way to ease that journey. Here are some opportunities to meet and share.

  1. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road). Our next meetings are on November 21st, December 19th, January 16th and February 20th. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance – please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. You can find directions and a map on our Chapter website www.tcfottawa.net.

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration

Our 19th annual Candle Lighting Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, December 10th at St Augustine’s Church Hall, 1060 Baseline Road (at Merivale). Please bring a free-standing picture of your children and plan to arrive at 6:30pm for a prompt 7:00pm start. Candles will be provided and light refreshments will be available afterward. There is no charge to attend.

Please feel free to forward the attached poster to anyone whom you feel might benefit from attending, or print and post it in your workplace, community centre, library, doctor’s office or place of worship.

We always appreciate your support in whatever way you can contribute, so if you would like to assist with organizing ahead of time or participating on the day, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. Website / Facebook

Our Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) contains additional information and resources, including our Chapter library and newsletters from other Chapters and the National Board. The October newsletter from TCF Canada is attached. You can also read and post notices on our Facebook page – look for “The Compassionate Friends – Ottawa Chapter”.. Check the item in the attached National newsletter about joining the TCF Canada Facebook page.

We are currently looking for an Ottawa Chapter Facebook host. If you are familiar with social media and have an interest in providing on-line support, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. United Way

The Compassionate Friends is a volunteer, peer support network. There are no membership or any other fees to use our services or to participate in our groups or activities. We do not solicit funds from our members nor do we have fundraising campaigns.

This is not a request for funds. However, we are grateful for any donations received and use them to further the activities of TCF.

If you wish, you may donate directly to TCF Ottawa by cheque or cash and you will receive a tax receipt from us for the full amount of your donation.

You may also donate through United Way and designate TCF Ottawa as the recipient of your contribution.. The official title of the Chapter is “The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Valley / Outaouais Chapter” and our charitable organization number is 86493-2520-RR0001. United Way will provide you with a tax receipt but please note that an administrative fee will be deducted by United Way from your contribution.

Thank you for your support.

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Candle Lighting Poster 2017 (1 page).pdf

Dear Compassionate Friend:

Just as the calendar has noted the change of seasons, the previously absent summer weather seems to have arrived. Just as we are returning to our post-vacation work routine, we look back longingly at the happier days slipping by. As we move forward on our grief journey, we look back on the times with our children no longer with us, wishing that they could return. But they cannot return, and we cannot go back; we must face the winter of our grief despite our worst fears and misgivings. Just as we know and expect that Winter will eventually give way to Spring, we hold on to the hope that our grief will become more bearable in our new future.

Our strongest anchor in these times of emotional turmoil is the understanding and support of others who have made and are making the same grief journey. Remember the message of The Compassionate Friends – “We Need Not Walk Alone”. Here are some of opportunities to take advantage of that support.

  1. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road). Our next meetings are on September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance – please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. You can find directions and a map on our Chapter website www.tcfottawa.net.

  1. BFO Closed Group

The Ottawa Region of Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) is currently taking registrations for their 10-week closed group for the loss of a child. These weekly sessions are scheduled to run from October 5th to December 7th. Interested parents can pre-register on-line at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/loss-of-child-10-week-grief-bereavement-support-program-registration-36989490562?aff=es2.

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration

Please mark your calendar for our 19th annual Candle Lighting Celebration to be held on Sunday, December 10th starting at 7pm. The location will be St Augustine’s church hall, 1060 Baseline Road (at Merivale). More details will be provided nearer the date.

If you would like to assist with organizing ahead of time or participating on the day, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. National Gathering

From August 25th to 27th, the Medicine Hat Chapter hosted the first TCF Canada National Gathering in several years. Approx. 70 parents from across the country attended workshops, presentations and discussions on a range of topics. Overall feedback has been very positive with a request for another conference as soon as possible.

Eileen and I presented a workshop on Facilitating a Sharing Circle, as well as MC’ing the Banquet and leading the Candle Lighting Ceremony. We were also honoured to receive the Gwen Brown Memorial Award, presented in memory of Gwen Brown, who was the driving force behind the formation of the national organization. Gwen passed away in 1993 and many of her articles and writings still form the basis of our operations to this day.

  1. Chapter Website and Facebook Page

Our Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) contains additional information and resources, including our Chapter library and newsletters from other Chapters and the National Board. You can also read and post notices on our Facebook page – look for “The Compassionate Friends – Ottawa Chapter”.

We are currently looking for a Facebook host. If you are familiar with social media and have an interest in providing on-line support, please reply to this e-mail.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
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Dear Compassionate Friend:

  1. Firstly, a brief reminder that Eileen and I will be hosting our Summer Social next Saturday, July 29th starting at 4:30pm. It is a casual, no-stress, pot-luck supper – just bring your favourite starter, salad entrée or dessert to share. We will provide cutlery and plates; drinks would be appreciated.

To help us with planning, please RSVP to this e-mail to confirm that you are able to join us.

Thanks to those who have already done so. If you need directions, please reply to this e-mail or

call 613-692-4521.

We hope to see you on the 29th!

  1. Secondly, the attached newsletter from TCF Canada about the National Gathering includes a reminder to please register by August 11th to ensure access to the block of rooms reserved for the conference, a seat at the Saturday Banquet and a commemorative t-shirt for the Sunday Walk to Remember. Please reply to this e-mail if you are thinking of attending the Gathering and have any questions.
  1. Thirdly, our Sharing Circles will continue on the third Tuesday of each month throughout the summer. The next meetings are August 15th and September 19th.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Dear Compassionate Friend:

As we finally leave the wet Spring behind and look forward to warmer, drier days, here are some events that we hope will help maintain a positive outlook.

  1. Sharing Circles – third Tuesday of every month

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road). Our next meetings are July 18th, September 19th, October 17th and November 21st. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance – please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. You can find directions and a map on our Chapter website www.tcfottawa.net.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 29th

Eileen and I will once again be hosting our Summer Social and hope that you will be able to join us starting at 4:30pm. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended a Sharing Circle or other TCF event. The format is a non-stress, casual pot-luck dinner – just bring your favourite dish – starter, entrée or dessert – to share. Plates, cutlery etc. will be provided; drinks would be appreciated. If you have any questions, or need directions, please reply to this e-mail. We are located in South Nepean between Barrhaven and Manotick.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th to 27th

On-line registration is now available through the TCF Canada website (www.tcfcanada.net) for the National Gathering in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Friday to Sunday, August 25th to 27th. We encourage everyone to think about attending this Gathering and meeting other parents from across Canada. If you would like to share accommodation to reduce costs, please let me know and I will put you in touch with others. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. Newsletter from TCF Canada National Office

The attached special edition newsletter from TCF Canada is to announce the recent passing of Lady Patricia Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who was the Patron of The Compassionate Friends in the UK. She also had a particular connection to Canada as the Patron of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry based in Winnipeg and was well known to the TCF Chapter in Winnipeg.

  1. Facebook

Our Facebook host Patti, has decided to turn off her keyboard, so we are presently looking for a replacement as our on-line representative. If you have some knowledge of social media and are comfortable providing support on-line, please reply to this e-mail.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
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Dear Compassionate Friend:

Summer officially arrives next week, along with several special chapter activities. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of more of them. Note that the Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month throughout the year.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday, June 17th

The 16th annual Balloon Release will take place in the gardens at Ronald McDonald House, 407 Smyth Road (next to CHEO) followed by a butterfly release at The Butterfly Garden. We invite you to join us for this brief but moving memorial to those children who have left us too soon. Registration will be open from 1:30pm and the ceremony will start at 2:00pm. Balloons and light refreshments will be provided and The Canterbury Chamber Chorus will provide a musical backdrop. Please forward the attached poster to anyone that you feel would like to attend.

  1. Sharing Circle – Tuesday, June 20th

Our regular monthly meeting will be held at The Olde Forge, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road) from 7pm to 9pm. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to check in.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 29th

Eileen and I will be hosting our Summer Social a couple of weeks later this year but hope that you will still be able to join us. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended a Sharing Circle or other TCF event. The format is a non-stress, casual pot-luck dinner – just bring your favourite dish – starter, entrée or dessert – to share. More details nearer the date.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th – 27th

On-line registration is now available through the TCF Canada website (www.tcfcanada.net) for the National Gathering in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Friday to Sunday, August 25th to 27th. Preliminary program information will be posted in the next few days. We encourage everyone to think about attending this Gathering and meeting other parents from across Canada. If you would like to share accommodation to reduce costs, please let me know and I will put you in touch with others. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. National Newsletter

The National Office of TCF Canada sends out brief monthly newsletter with items of interest to chapters and parents from coast to coast. I have attached the May newsletter for your information and you can find previous issues and newsletters from other chapters on our Ottawa website – www.tcfottawa.net.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
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http://www.tcfottawa.net
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TCF Ntl nl may 2017.pdf
Balloon Release Poster 2017.pdf