Everyone in the meeting room before you Understands and “Gets That”. Everyone of us has been there, too.
You don’t have to call or email before coming to your first The Compassionate Friends East Of The River CT Chapter Meeting but it may help you to feel a little less alone and much more emotionally comfortable walking into the room for the first time… …you will already have made contact with the first person who will offer you Hugs, Understanding and, yes, Compassion. And we will have a name badge and welcome packet waiting for you, so that you can come in feeling already welcomed and knowing that you are Not Alone.
We do have name tags for everyone who attends a meeting. None of us expect our brains to be remembering much, especially for those of us newly bereaved. (which The Compassionate Friends has referred to as the first full five years after a death) And we do ask you to fill out an information page so that we can get to know you and your child, sibling, or grandchild. Both of these can be done prior to the meeting if you do chose to get in touch before attending. Also, if you wish to contact us before attending a meeting, we would be happy to meet with you ahead of time so that you have someone to walk in with.
You may bring a support person(s). Everyone who attends our The Compassionate Friends Meeting must accept and respect our Meeting Room Guidelines and keep confidentiality. If you have any questions about who may attend, just get in touch before hand.
All of us hate the reason why we have come together. And all of us would gladly trade our relationships, as meaningful and as important as many become, to have our child, our grandchild or our sibling back with us again. Our Reality is stark, but the comfort and caring that we derive from each other is great. and so We Welcome You to The Compassionate Friends East Of the River Connecticut Chapter ♥
Contact Information:To The Newly Bereaved Please visit THE NATIONAL COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS website at: www.CompassionateFriends.org