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I’m sorry to advise that our monthly sharing circle to be held, 17th Mar is cancelled as we’ve been notified that the Olde Forge will be closed for the next 2 weeks as a result of COVID-19.

Larry and Paulette
Mitchell’s Parents

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Winter Social Cancelled


Unfortunately due to concern over the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Winter Social that was scheduled for this Sunday, March 15th, is cancelled.


Larry and Paulette

Parents of Mitchell

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Good day everyone,

In case you are interested, The Compassionate Friends National Conference is a weekend spent surrounded by other bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. It is a place where hope grows and friendships are made with others who truly understand. With inspirational keynote speakers, abundant workshops for everyone’s wants and needs, and a remembrance candle lighting program culminating with the annual Walk to Remember, this time of healing and hope is the gift we give ourselves. Join us as together we remember and share the everlasting love we have for our precious children, siblings and grandchildren.

The 43rd TCF National Conference will be in held in Atlanta, GA on July 24-26, 2020. “Sharing Sweet Memories of Love” is the theme of this year’s event, which promises more of last year’s great National Conference experience. This year’s conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in downtown Atlanta. We’ll keep you updated with details here, on the national website as well as on our TCF/USA Facebook Page and elsewhere as they become available. Plan to come and be a part of this heartwarming experience.

• Choose to attend from nearly hundred different workshops and sharing sessions, given by professionals and also individuals just like you.
• Take advantage of “Healing Haven” to receive free personal services such as a massage.
• Craft items to commemorate the love for your family member in the “Crafty Corner”.
• Step away for a quiet moment of pause in the “Reflection Room”.


Pre-registration will be available in March.

Hotel Reservations

Our hotel block is now officially open for the 2020 TCF National Conference in Atlanta. Reservations can be made online or by calling Marriott Reservations directly at (866) 469-5475 and ask for the group rate for The Compassionate Friends 2020 Annual Conference.

Larry and Paulette Cadman

Mitchell’s Father and Mother

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On behalf of Sue Kavanaugh

May 23rd, 2020 | 8am to 5pm

Immaculata High School 140 Main Street, Ottawa ON K1S 5P4


The conference brings people and resources together to connect and learn ways to foster healing. The day is designed to be shared by those on a bereavement journey as well as the important caregivers and professionals who support them; whether the death is anticipatory, recent or long ago. Choose three workshops from a choice of 16 uniquely designed sessions that are informative, interactive and/or experiential.

Easy registration:

Includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Please sign up early to book your preferred workshop(s). First come, first served. For more information, go to healingbrokenheartsinfo

Paulette and Larry

Mitchell’s Mother and Father

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Sharing Circles and Mid Winter Social

Dear Compassionate Friend:

With the turning of a calendar page, a New Year used to represent the chance of a new start, a fresh beginning full of hope, promise and even resolutions to make positive changes. For those grieving the loss of a child, it represents another milestone on the grief journey, as days become weeks, months and years without our loved ones. Although the number of milestones on each personal journey is unknown, we can believe that at some point, there will be more behind than ahead, and we will be able to look forward with hope rather than looking back with regret.

May this new year be your time to look forward again.

  1. Sharing Circles – every third Tuesday

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 January 21st, February 18th, March 17th and April 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

  1. Mid-Winter Social – March 15th

Julia and Kevin Page have offered to host our 3rd annual Mid-Winter Social from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday, March 15th 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.

  1. Website / Facebook

Our Chapter website ( 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.

  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,

Larry Cadman
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
Mitchell’s Dad

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TCF Ottawa Chapter

Dear Compassionate Friend:

It is important to note that the grief process is not linear, but is more often experienced in cycles. Grief is sometimes compared to climbing a spiral staircase where things can look and feel like you are just going in circles, yet you are actually making progress. Being patient with the process and allowing yourself to have any feelings about the loss can help. If you feel stuck in your grief, talking to a counselor or a supportive person may help you move forward in the healing process.

This update includes information on Sharing Circles, Donations through United Way, A Poem, 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 November 19th, December 17th, January 21st and February 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

  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
30 Canadian Dr,
Ashton, ON
K0A 1B0

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. Poem – “Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration

Please mark your calendar for our 21st annual Candle Lighting Celebration to be held on Sunday, December 8th 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 ( 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,

Larry and Paulette Cadman
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

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Candle Lighting Poster 2019 (2 page) with French.docx

TCF Poster (AB).docx

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Fellow parents,

Andrew and Maria represented the Compassionate Friends at the CHEO Butterfly Release ceremony, held Sat 22 Jun. Maria passed on that it was a nice ceremony and very well attended and that she recognized a few people from the Compassionate Friends. Many who registered took bracelets, some pamphlets and were familiar with our chapter. The weather was nice and people received individual butterflies to release. Andrew read the English Credo and a chaplain attending the ceremony read the French version.

Thank you Andrew and Maria.

Larry and Paulette Cadman

The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter


E-mail: tcfottawa

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