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Dear Compassionate Friend:

The clocks have gone back but we are still looking forward to several events that we hope you will be able to attend. These include our annual Candle Lighting, a workshop on Resilience, and our monthly Sharing Circles.

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration – Sunday December 9th

Our 20th annual Candle Lighting Celebration in conjunction with the World-Wide Candle Lighting in memory of all children who have died will take place at St. Augustine’s Church Hall, 1060 Baseline Road. Please arrive at 6:30pm for a prompt 7:00pm start. Candles will be provided and light refreshments will follow. The attached poster gives more details.

  1. Resilience Workshop – Saturday November 10th

Ottawa parent Sue Kavanagh has organized a half-day workshop on “Moving Through Grief – The Role of Resilience as a Companion on the Journey” from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street. For more information and to register, please contact Sue at HealingBrokenHeartsinfo.

  1. Sharing Circles – every third Tuesday

Our Sharing Circles continue year-round 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 20th, December 18th, January 15th , and February 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. Always With Me

Following a successful book launch last month, this anthology of parents’ stories of loss compiled and edited by Donna Sharkey has sold over 600 copies and includes several local contributors and others from coast to coast. Some copies are available on loan from our Chapter library, and they may also be ordered from Octopus Books in the Glebe.

  1. Website / Facebook

Our Ottawa Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) includes information on our Chapter activities and events, links to helpful resources and reading materials, as well as recent newsletters from Chapters across the country. The latest national newsletter from TCF Canada is attached for your information.

Our Facebook page (search for “The Compassionate Friends Ottawa Chapter”) provides a channel to post and read comments from other parents. TCF Canada also operates a moderated closed group for parents across Canada. Search for “The Compassionate Friends of Canada” and answer a couple of questions to gain access.

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If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa

Candle Lighting Poster 2018 (1 page).pdf

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The Compassionate Friends – Update

Dear Compassionate Friend:

In many ways, September feels like turning the page on a New Year as we return to the familiar routines of work and school, refreshed after a summer break. However, for those on a grief journey, it can feel like just another weary step along a seemingly endless path. Whether you look forward to new opportunities with the change of calendar, or still feel challenged by an uncertain future, take courage in knowing that you have passed one more milestone along the way.

This update includes information on Sharing Circles, Donations through United Way, the Anthology of parent stories, Candle Lighting, and Newsletters. We hope that you find it helpful and will join us at one or more events.

  1. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles were held during the summer months and will 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 18th, October 16th, November 20th , and December 18th. 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. 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 by mailing a cheque to:

The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
31 Maplehill Way
Nepean ON
K2C 3H1

You will receive a tax receipt from us for the full amount of your donation.

Or you may donate through United Way and designate TCF as the recipient of your contribution. The official title of the Chapter is “The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa 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.

  1. Anthology – “Always With Me”

This collection of personal stories compiled and edited by Ottawa parent Donna Sharkey features several local contributors and has now been published by Demeter Press. We will have some copies in our Chapter library, but you can order your own copy from Octopus Books in the Glebe.

An official book launch will be held in Ottawa at 7pm on Thursday October 4that the Vimy Brewery Building, 145 N. Loretta Street (near Gladstone and Preston).

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration

Please mark your calendar for our 20th annual Candle Lighting Celebration to be held on Sunday, December 9th in conjunction with the World-wide Candle Lighting. The attached poster includes more detail. Please forward to anyone that you feel would like to attend, and post it in your local community centre, place of worship, doctor’s office, or workplace.

  1. Website / Facebook / Newsletters

Our Ottawa Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) includes information on our Chapter activities and events, links to helpful resources and reading materials, as well as recent newsletters from Chapters across the country. The latest national newsletter from TCF Canada is attached for your information.

Our Facebook page (search for “The Compassionate Friends Ottawa Chapter”) provides a channel to post and read comments from other parents. TCF Canada also operates a moderated closed group for parents across Canada. Search for “The Compassionate Friends of Canada” and answer a couple of questions to gain access.

  1. Unsubscribe

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa

Candle Lighting Poster 2018 (1 page).pdf

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Dear Compassionate Friend:

A brief reminder about our annual Summer Social, to be hosted by Eileen and I on Saturday July 7th, starting at 4:30pm. This is a casual, no-pressure event to which everyone is invited, whether or not you have been to a Sharing Circle or other activity. The format is a pot-luck supper – just bring your favourite dish to share – starter, entrée, side dish or dessert – home-made or store-bought. We will provide plates and cutlery – drinks would be appreciated.

To help us with numbers, please RSVP to this e-mail. If you need directions to our house, please reply to this e-mail. And we understand if you cannot decide until the last moment – there is always room for you! We look forward to seeing on the 7th.

For your information, the June newsletter from TCF Canada is attached. And for those who were not able to attend our recent Ottawa Chapter AGM, the attached Chapter Leader’s Report will give you an overview of our activities. If you have any questions, or would like to help in any way, please reply to this e-mail.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa

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Dear Compassionate Friend:

As we finally move into summer, we hope you will be able to join us at one or more of our upcoming events.

Annual General Meeting – This Tuesday, June 5th at The Olde Forge starting at 6:30pm. We use an informal round-table format with lots of time for discussion. Please feel free to bring finger food to share as you consider how you may support our Chapter activities.

Healing Broken Hearts Bereavement Conference – Saturday, June 9th at the RA Centre from 8am to 5pm. Please e-mail HealingBrokenHeartsInfo or visit www.picatic.com/HealingBrokenHearts for information and to purchase tickets.

Butterfly Release – Saturday, June 23rd in the gardens at Ronald MacDonald House starting at 2:00pm. Please arrive by 1:45 to register. This year, CHEO has decided to release 300 butterflies in place of 150 balloons and to read children’s names.

Summer Social – Saturday, July 7th starting at 4:30pm. This is a casual pot-luck supper hosted by Eileen and me. Everyone is welcome to join us whether or not you have attended a TCF event or Sharing Circle.

And finally, our Sharing Circles continue at The Olde Forge on the 3rd Tuesday of every month year round. Please visit our website (www.tcfottawa.net) for helpful resources including the latest newsletters from TCF Canada and other TCF Chapters across the country.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the above events, please reply to this e-mail.

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates , please reply to this e-mail.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa

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Dear Compassionate Friend:

As Spring finally seems to have decided to stay, here is a brief reminder of some local events coming in the next few weeks. We hope that you be able to join us.

  1. Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, June 5th

Our 19th AGM will be held at The Olde Forge on Tuesday June 5th starting at 6:30pm. This is not a Sharing Circle but an opportunity to see what goes on “behind the scenes” and find out how you may be able to contribute to our mission of helping bereaved parents. We use an interactive round-table format with lots of time for discussion. Please feel free to bring finger food to share.

  1. Healing Broken Hearts Bereavement Conference – Saturday, June 9th

For information or to register for this one-day conference at the RA Centre, please see the attached flyer, contact organizer Sue Kavanagh at healingbrokenheartsinfo, or visit www.picatic.com/HealingBrokenHearts.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday, June 23rd

The Balloon Release will take place on the grounds of Ronald McDonald House (407 Smyth Road, just west of CHEO) on Saturday, June 23rd at 2:00pm. Please arrive by 1:45 to register for this brief and emotional celebration of those children who have left us too soon. Balloons will be provided and The Canterbury Chorus will once again provide a musical backdrop. We are hoping to release some butterflies in The Butterfly Garden following the ceremony.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 8th

Eileen and will be hosting our Summer Social on Saturday, July 8th starting at 4:30pm. Mark your calendar – more details nearer the date.

  1. Sharing Circles – third Tuesday

Our regular Sharing Circles will continue at The Old Forge on the third Tuesday of every month. The next meetings are on May 15th and June 19th.

  1. Newsletters

The TCF Canada April newsletter, including an update to the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, is attached for your information. Several newsletters from other TCF Chapters are posted on our website (www.tcfottawa.net) and include a wide selection of poems, articles and other items of interest from and to bereaved parents. We encourage you to browse them and perhaps discover that someone has already put into words exactly how you are feeling.

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If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: http://www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa@rogers.com

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Dear Compassionate Friend:

The tragic bus and semi-trailer collision in Saskatchewan that resulted in the deaths of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey club and left 13 others critically or seriously injured sent a shockwave across the country. A modest GoFundMe campaign initially aimed at covering travel expenses has raised over $8 million that will require professional management. This outpouring of grief and support for the families from the international hockey community shows that “they need not walk alone” as they slowly begin to rebuild their lives around their loss. Members of The Compassionate Friends know from direct experience that they face a long and painful journey and we offer our understanding and support.

The leaders of the TCF Saskatoon Chapter attended the vigil last Sunday to begin the outreach process. The Board of TCF Canada is presently considering other actions to make the community and each family aware of the support that TCF offers. If you have any suggestions or would like to help directly, please reply to this e-mail or visit the TCF Canada Facebook page.

Please read on for information about some upcoming local events: Annual General Meeting, Balloon Release, Bereavement Conference, and Summer Social. We hope that you will join us.

  1. Sharing Circles – every 3rd Tuesday

Regrettably, our March Circle had to be cancelled as our room booking was cancelled in error by staff at The Old Forge. We have been in contact with them and emphasised the importance of these meetings to parents who are suffering the loss of a child. In this particular situation, several parents had made the effort to attend their first Circle but were unable to do so. If you were one of those, or you know who they were, we strongly encourage you and them to come to the meeting next Tuesday, April 17th.

In our 19 years of operation (since May 1999), this is only the second time that our monthly Sharing Circle was cancelled. The first was in February 2016 when The Olde Forge had to close due to burst pipes.

  1. Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, June 5th

We invite you join us for our 19th Annual General Meeting at 6:30 pm at The Olde Forge. This is an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in our Chapter and also to learn how you can contribute your time and talents to helping others on their grief journey. We follow an informal round-table format with lots of time for discussion.

  1. Bereavement Conference – Saturday June 9th

Registration is now open for the Healing Broken Hearts Conference organised by Ottawa parent Sue Kavanagh. The attached flyer includes contact information and a link to the conference website with program details.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday June 23rd

This annual event now organized by CHEO will be held on the grounds of Ronald McDonald House starting at 2pm followed by the release of butterflies in The Butterfly Garden. This brief but moving ceremony includes music by the Canterbury Chorus and is open to all parents, families and friends suffering the loss of a child.

  1. The Butterfly Garden at CHEO

It was with great sadness that we learned last month of the passing of Elaine Routledge, the master gardener who has overseen the rejuvenation of the garden since 2014. Since initiating the Butterfly Garden project in 2002, our small group of TCF volunteers has looked after its upkeep and maintenance. More recently, under Elaine’s guidance and with on-going donations through the CHEO Foundation, the Garden has undergone a major overhaul to ensure its long-term sustainability. It is now an established resource in daily use by patients, families and staff from both CHEO and the General. Eileen and I continue to represent TCF Ottawa at the Butterfly Garden Committee planning meetings.

We were also sorry to hear of the retirement of Gerardo Quintanar, Spiritual Support Director at CHEO. Gerardo has been an ardent promoter and supporter of the Garden within CHEO and a key player in the renovation project. Eileen and I attended Gerardo’s retirement presentation on behalf of TCF Ottawa.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 7th

Mark your calendar for our annual Summer Social, a casual, pot-luck style dinner hosted by Eileen and Andy. More details nearer the date.

  1. Website / Newsletters / National Facebook Page

Our Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) contains many useful resources and materials, including newsletters from other Chapters and from TCF Canada. The Spring newsletters in particular contain many timely informative and inspirational readings.

TCF Canada maintains a closed Facebook group where bereaved parents across the country can post and share their stories and other information. To join the group, log into Facebook and look for “The Compassionate Friends of Canada”. Answer a couple of questions to be accepted by the Moderator.

  1. Unsubscribe

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
Kevin’s Dad
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Website: www.tcfottawa.net
E-mail: tcfottawa

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Dear Compassionate Friend:

This e-mail includes an important reminder about the Mid-Winter Social and news of an upcoming Bereavement Conference.

Mid-Winter Social – Sunday, February 18th

Following a successful inaugural event last year, Julia and Kevin Page have offered to host a second Mid-Winter Social from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday, February 18th at their home in Britannia. The format will be a pot-luck lunch, similar to our Summer Social, and is open to any parent, regardless of whether or not you have attended a Sharing Circle or other TCF activity. If you would like to attend (and we hope that you will), please reply to this e-mail for directions and to help planning.

Bereavement Conference – Saturday, June 9th

Ottawa parent Sue Kavanagh is planning a one-day Bereavement Conference on Saturday June 9th at the RA Centre. The planned topics include all losses not just the death of a child and registration details will be announced in the next few weeks. If you would like to make a presentation or give a workshop, the attached Call for Presentations should be returned to Sue by February 15th. (Note that the date is June 2018, not 2017 as stated on the form.)

Sharing Circles – every 3rd Tuesday

Our Sharing Circles continue on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The next meetings are February 20th and March 20th.

National Newsletter

The January newsletter from TCF Canada is attached.

Best wishes,

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

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