The Compassionate Friends is an international self-help organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents. We are a non-profit, non-denominational group, and there are no dues or memberships fees of any kind. We are one of over 600 chapters in the United States.
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month at St. Timothy Presbyterian Church, 16700 Newburgh, on the East side of Newburgh 1/4 Mile South of Six Mile Road. Meetings are held from 7PM to 9PM. Each year there are two special meetings. A balloon launch in May, as we celebrate the life we shared with our child. Additionally, in December there is a candle lighting in recognition of this special season and the fond memories of our children.
May 18, 20013
10 am - 1 pm
Home of Kathy Rambo
The Worldwide Candle Lighting was celebrated on the second Sunday in December. Candles were lit for one hour at 7 p.m. around the world, and as candles burn down in one time zone, they are lit in the next, creating a 24-hour memorial that encircles the world. The holidays are especially difficult for families that have had a child die. This candle lighting ceremony honors them and helps their memory live on.
Some of our members attended The Compassionate Friends 35th National Conference which was held in California.
Gail Lafftery and Kathy Rambo were honored at the national conference in 2011.
Each year, our chapter has a special meeting in May. At that time, we launch balloons. Each of us attach a message to the balloon to acknowledge our child (children).