What to Expect

New Members:

Our meetings are open to all bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. We are not here to judge, or to provide professional counseling; we are here to offer our friendship and understanding of your pain and to learn from each other through our shared experiences. Our meetings provide emotional support and a safe place to express your feelings. You are free to share or just listen, to cry, and even to laugh over happy memories of your child. For some, it may be the only place where they are able to talk about their child and their grief.

All comments shared will be kept confidential.

There are no fees for membership or to attend the meetings.

We have no religious affiliation even though we meet in a church.

It can take courage to make it to a meeting, but we encourage you to attend at least three. You never know when you might meet the right person, or hear the right words that will help you on your journey toward healing.


Further Reading:

 
You need not walk alone!


Returning Members:

Your presence is so valuable. Our newcomers need to hear your story, feel your encouragement and support. It is from you that they learn that the pain will never go away, but it will get softer. Remember also, great healing and growth comes from helping others.


THE GIFT OF SOMEONE WHO LISTENS

Those of us who have traveled a while
Along this path called grief
Need to stop and remember that mile,
That first mile of no relief.
It wasn’t the person with answers
Who told us of ways to deal.
It wasn’t the one who talked and talked
That helped us start to heal.
Think of the friends who quietly sat
And held our hands in theirs.
The ones who let us talk and talk
And hugged away our tears.
We need to always remember
That more than the words we speak,
It’s the gift of someone who listens
That most of us desperately seek.

Nancy Myerholtz
TCF Waterville/Toledo, OH