07 15-17 2011 TCF National Conference

Register Now for TCF National Conference July 15-17 in Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota

Compassionate Friends national conferences have always been a great healing experience for bereaved families and TCF’s 34th National Conference July 15-17, 2011 in Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota will be no exception. With the motto “Shining Stars – Guiding Hope,” the conference is now open for early registration.
Our members can register for the conference online or by downloading a conference registration brochure from the national website. If you don’t have Internet access, you can also call the National Office Toll Free at 877-969-0010 to be sent the registration brochure.
This conference, which is anticipating 1200 to attend, will feature keynote speakers: David Morrell, bereaved parent and grandparent, author of the poignant Fireflies, although perhaps best known for creating Rambo (adopted to the big screen with Sylvester Stallone); Carol Kearns, bereaved parent and psychologist, author of the book Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare; Mary Rondeau Westra who recently published her memoir After the Death of My Son; and Mitch Carmody bereaved parent and sibling, author of Letters to my Son and presenter of the popular TCF workshop “Whispers of Love, Sings from Our Children.”
Besides great speakers, the conference will feature more than 100 workshops covering most areas of grief after the death of a child, including workshops for those with no remaining children, and also a complete program for bereaved siblings. Sharing sessions, a Reflection Room, Hospitality Suites, Butterfly Boutique, and a complete bookstore will be available at the conference, as well as an orientation for first-timers. There will be Friday afternoon and Saturday evening banquets culminating with a remembrance candle lighting at the close of the Saturday banquet. Special entertainment provided free Friday evening is the comedy “How to talk Minnesotan The Musical,” the longest running stage play in the state.
Sunday, the twelfth annual Compassionate Friends two-mile Walk to Remember® begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and up to 1200 are expected to walk, carrying as many as 15,000 names of children being remembered (names can be submitted online to be carried in the Walk).
Early conference registration is $85 for adults ages 18 and up, and $35 for siblings ages 9-17 and full-time college students. Early registration ends June 10 at which point there is an increase in registration costs. Walk to Remember early registration is $20.
Reservations are also being accepted for the host hotel, the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis South. Online reservation is available, as well as by contacting the hotel direct. Special conference rates are available until June 1, subject to availability.
For full information, visit TCF’s National Website at www.compassionatefriends.org

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