General Information About Our Meetings

In this section, please find important information that is helpful to know before attending
The Compassionate Friends East Of The River CT Chapter meeting

TCF EOTR Meets on the
3rd Thursday of every month at:

Hampton Inn and Suites
1432 Pleasant Valley Rd
Manchester, CT  06042

First Time visitors are encouraged to call or email previous to a meeting,
if you are able, so that we may have a Welcome Packet ready for you.
A friend or family member is welcomed for support and must agree to keep confidentiality issues.
There are NEVER ANY FEES to attend Meetings.
(Donations to support the chapter and community outreach programs are always gratefully accepted.)
Coffee, tea, water and snacks are available at no charge.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm to welcome new members and to allow for conversation, browsing the library and informal gathering.
Content Begins at 7:00 pm.
Meeting contents closes between  8:45 and 9:00, allowing another 30 minutes of informal gathering, browsing the library, or private discussion.
You may leave when you need to leave,if you are unable to stay until the end of the meeting.
You comfort, physical and emotional is Very Important to Us.
Feel free to get up, stretch, walk around, leave the room, get a beverage or snack as you need to.

WHO CAN ATTEND MEETINGS?
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) was founded on the premise of providing peer-to-peer support to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.  Most of our members are parents, step-parents, and adoptive parents who have lost a child.  Our East Of The River CT Chapter (EOTR) has caring sibling support and welcomes bereaved siblings of at least a young adult age.  We have a Dads-only subgroup and a Sibling Sub group.

We understand that family members and especially close friends need support and understanding, too.  Sometimes the relationship isn’t about blood but about love.  Bereaved individuals who experienced a sibling-like or child-like bond will never be turned away from our meetings.  This allows a space for god-parents, close aunts and uncles, in-laws, deep friendships.

You are welcomed to bring a support person.

All of those attending a meeting must be mindful and respectful of our Meeting Guidelines and Privacy issues.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEETINGS

ATTENDING YOUR FIRST MEETING

MEETING FORMAT

MEETING ROOM GUIDELINES

HOSTING A MEMORY TABLE

INTRODUCING YOUR LOVED ONE THROUGH THE DIGITAL PHOTO SLIDESHOW

THE ASK IT BASKET

THE LOANING LIBRARY

PRINT, AUDIO AND VIDEO RESOURCES AVAILABLE 

SPECIAL NOTE

One of our Leaders brings a well trained, friendly
ADA compliant Service Dog to Meetings.
Should this present a personal challenge for you, please contact us before the meeting by phone
860-375-EØTR (3087)
or by email
TCFEastOfTheRiverCT@gmail.com

Thank You

 

SPECIAL NOTE

One of our Leaders brings a well trained, friendly
ADA compliant Service Dog to Meetings.
Should this present a personal challenge for you, please contact us before the meeting by phone
860-375-EØTR (3087)
or by email
TCFEastOfTheRiverCT@gmail.com