Meetings

What to expect

 

Chapter meetings are held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 7pm and generally last about two hours. You do not need to contact us in advance - all are welcome to attend. Our national chapter has a great page that highlights what to expect at a Chapter meeting.

It is important to note that our meetings should not be confused with counseling sessions. Participants are all bereaved parents (guardians), adult siblings, or grandparents who are dealing with the death of a child. We have been where you are and we continue to return to offer friendship and support through the natural grieving process after a child dies.

 

Chapter Meetings

October 2020

Bucket of Blooms--Honoring National Pregnancy & Infant Death Awareness Month

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September 2020

Navigating Life--It's a Journey and You're Not Alone

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August 2020

Memorial Program

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July 2020

Meeting at Hamilton's in the Garden

Stepping Stones

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June 2020

Join us on line with a virtual Zoom Meeting discussing "Men and Women Grieve Differently", registration required for each Zoom meeting.

If you are interested in joining the Zoom TCF meeting on Tuesday June 2nd at 7pm please go to our contact page above and fill out the form with your request to join the June meeting in the message. You will then be sent a Zoom invite for the meeting.

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May 2020

Join us on line with a virtual Zoom Meeting, registration required. If you are interested in joining a Zoom TCF meeting on Tuesday May 5th at 7pm please go to our contact page above and fill out the form with your request to join the meeting in the message. You will then be sent a Zoom invite for the meeting.

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April 2020

April 7th Meeting Cancelled due to current community gathering guildlines.

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February 2020

Before, Now and In the Future

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January 2020

“What’s in a Name” and “An Alphabet of Thoughts on Grief” adapted from Phyllis McCarter.

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December 2019

Annual Candle Lighting

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November 2019

The "Ask It" Basket

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September 2019

Strong in Broken Places

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August 2019

Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

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July 2019

Open Discussion

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June 2019

Sharing Session

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May 2019

A coordinator at Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss, will be our guest speaker for the evening.

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April 2019

Presentation based on the book, The Crying Handbook, by Bob Baugher and Darcie Sims. Discussion will follow the presentation.

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March 2019

Chapter members are invited to talk about articles they have read that were helpful to them on their grief journeys and that they think would be helpful to others.

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January 2019

Group discussion about the holidays and future possibilities for our Chapter.

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February 2019

Chapter members are invited to talk about articles they have read that were helpful to them on their grief journeys and that they think would be helpful to others.

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December 2018

Our Annual Chapter Candle Lighting Service

We will be remembering our children, siblings, and grandchildren with songs, poetry, readings, and lighting of our memory candles. A social hour follows for sharing and snacks.

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November 2018

Handling The Holidays

We will view the DVD featuring Darcie Sims, followed by a discussion about the DVD and tips on handling the holidays.

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October 2018

DVD: Empty Arms: Footprints on our Hearts, Part 2: At a Loss for Words.

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September 2018

Reports from Attendees of National Conference

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August 2018

Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

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June 2018

Open discussion

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May 2018

Suicide loss survivors share their stories and talk on eight key issues.

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April 2018

Pocket stones are a set of 10 semiprecious polished stones each engraved with a comforting or inspirational word.

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March 2018

Understanding Guilt During Bereavement.

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January 2018

Who would you be today?

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February 2018

Looking Back, Looking Ahead — What is the Future of our Chapter?

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December 2017

Annual Chapter Candle Lighting Service

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November 2017

Workshop on Handling the Holidays

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September 2017

Other Rituals: Parents’ Stories of Meaning Making

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August 2017

Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

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July 2017

What's In a Name

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June 2017

 Teenage and Young Adult Grief

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May 2017

Understanding Anger during Bereavement 

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April 2017

Enduring Love: Transforming Loss.

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March 2017

Celebrate the children - we will spend the evening celebrating our children’s (or siblings’) lives.

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February 2017

Walking Through Grief: A Guide to the Grief Journey.

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December 2016

Annual Chapter Candle Lighting

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January 2017

Tear Soup, a 30 minute video taken from the Tear Soup book, an an award-winning, bestselling children's book.

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October 2016

The 20 Faces of Grief

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November 2016

Handling the Holidays

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August 2016

Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

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July 2016

What's In a Name

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June 2016

Finding Peace - Ways to Soothe our Hearts and Minds

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May 2016

Getting to Know our Children, a sharing session 

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April 2016

Men and Their Grief: 20 Years Later

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March 2016

Pizza and a DVD.

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February 2016

We will watch the final DVD in the series from Alan Pedersen and Mitch Carmody. 

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January 2016

We will be viewing The Heart and Soul of Mitch and Alan, with Mitch Carmody performing artistic interpreting sign language to original songs by Alan Pedersen.

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December 2015

Annual Chapter Candle Lighting Service. We will be remembering our children, siblings, and grandchildren with songs, poetry, readings, and lighting of our memory candles. A social hour follows for sharing and snacks.

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November 2015

Handling the Holidays: Group discussion using the Ask It Basket format.

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October 2015

Chapter members who attended the recent Regional TCF Conference in Rochester will share their experiences at the event.

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September 2015

Chapter members attending the recent National TCF Conference in Dallas will share their impressions of the event.

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August 2015

Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

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July 2015

Special Places, Special Memories.

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May 2015

Footprints on our Hearts: How to cope after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn.

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April 2015

Karen Krehlik is a licensed social worker who has worked in the field of mental health therapy for 17 years. She will be speaking on the subject of Native American beliefs about death, as well as on attachment and detachment issues.

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March 2015

What's in a Name? Using each letter of your child's name as a starting point, think of something that applies to your child that starts with that letter.

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February 2015

Group discussion of Heartifacts – When a Child Dies, Love Remains by Maggie Horgan. This book shares a message of hope for parents and siblings facing a loss that no person should have to bear: the loss of a child. Anne Gehrke will share Maggie's story with the group. Please read the synopsis of her book, and if you have "heartifacts," you may bring them and share with the group.

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January 2015

Sharing session based on the article "A Gift for Living from the One Who Died" by Nancy Berns, Professor of Sociology at Drake University and author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us.

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