Attending Your First Compassionate Friends Meeting

Walking into a new group of people can be a challenging experience for most people. 
It sometimes is made that much more challenging after a death, when you are feeling very
Off Balance,


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
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
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