As you may know, we are in the process of chartering a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends (“TCF”), a national nonprofit organization that sponsors local support chapters and holds events to honor and recognize children who have passed away at any age and from any cause.

Sadly, the Mohawk Valley (and surrounding areas) have a great need for support for grieving parents, as our area has so many families who have lost children to many different causes and at every age possible. The holidays are often an especially hard time for grieving families, and we thought it would be helpful to hold a series of meetings to support parents, siblings, and grandparents and to gauge interest in continuing meetings and formally chartering a chapter of TCF. Our next meetings are scheduled for:

  • Tues. Jan. 10 at the Dolgeville Community Center, 36 Slawson St., Dolgeville.
  • Thurs. Jan. 19 at the Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 W. Main St., Richfield Springs.
  • Tues. Jan. 31 at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Rd., Utica.

All meetings will begin at 7 pm and run until around 8:15 pm or so. All meetings are free, nondenominational, and are open to any adults who have lost a child, sibling, or grandchild. Also, child loss is not something one “gets over,” and so we want to make sure those whose loss may not be recent know that this will be a place they are welcomed.

For more information, contact Christina Brown at 315-823-1864.