Bereaved Dad Offers Hope, Compassion, Understanding

A BEREAVED DAD REACHES OUT TO OTHERS THROUGH HIS MUSIC AND WORDS

ALAN AND DENISE PEDERSEN

Angels Across The USA Tour Event
Hosted ByThe Compassionate Friends
East Of The River CT Chapter
September 7, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites
1432 Pleasant Valley Rd
Manchester, CT

When I think of Alan and Denise Howard Pedersen and The Angels Across The USA Tour, I think of sipping hot chocolate, wrapped up in a warm fuzzy blanket on a frigid winter’s night, howling winds attempting to rattle the windows, but feeling safe and protected inside.  Alan and Denise tour theUnited States providing caring, compassion, love and understanding to the bereaved.

On Friday September 7, at 7:00 Alan and Denise will be making an appearance for the TCF East Of The River CT Chapter  at the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Manchester, CT. 

Alan’s presentation features a mix of humor and straight-from-the-heart talk with songs about love and loss.  In October of 2010 Alan and Denise helped us recognize the opening of our newly founded chapter with an evening of song and stories.  Those attending left with the feeling of having been hugged all night.

Said one dad,
“It wasn’t even just his music, though the music is beyond great.  It was the words in between the songs.  I guess I knew that they were grief counselors, but I didn’t realize how much one evening could help me so much, just listening to Alan and everything he shared.”

From a newly bereaved mom:
“Alan sang to my soul.  It is like he looked inside of me and told me that as much as it hurts and it is going to hurt, that somehow, someday, in a different way, it will be ok.”

I know that for me, what Alan shared from his own grief experience after the loss of his own beloved daughter Ashley, and his music, opened a door for me that I needed to go through in order to keep my sanity and (and I am not sure how to explain this…) return to loving Robyn in a gentler, warmer way.

This event or any of the other Angel Across The USA events can make a “better” difference in your life.  Over and over, I have heard Alan quoted and paraphrased by so many who attended our 2010 event.

“When asked how long will you grieve, Alan’s response was perfect:  As long as she is dead.”

“I am her dad, for not as long as she lived, but as long as I do.”

 Alan not only gives the bereaved permission to grieve, and even encourages the necessity of grief, but provides a safe place to smile and laugh, and remember with gentleness.♥
~Bettie-Jeanne,
Forever RobynApril’s mom 

 DETAILS

PRE-REGISTRATION
BECAUSE OF LIMITED SPACE PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Seating is limited to the first 40 who register.
Confirmation emails will be sent within 24 hours of registration.
In the event that we need to relocate the event every attempt will be made to contact all those who have registered, so please make sure to double check your contact information.

Is the EVENT LIMITED TO BEREAVED PARENTS AND SIBLINGS?
(Because the songs and conversation is centered around bereavement, grief, and healing, it may not be appropriate for young children with short attention spans who may become disruptive.  Please use good judgment in bringing children. )

Though Alan, Denise are both bereaved parents, Alan’s events are NOT LIMITED TO BEREAVED PARENTS.  Anyone who has experienced grief or experiences grief from the loss of a loved one will find both Alan’s music and the words spoken between the songs encouraging and compassionate.
To learn more about Alan and Denise, The Angels Across the USA Tour, or to receive their FREE Grief and Beyond  Newsletter, visit their site  at
Angels Across The USA or on Facebook 

HOW MUCH TO ATTEND?
Courtesy of The Compassionate Friends East Of The River CT Chapter, the event is free to all those attending.  Donations will be accepted, separately, for both the East Of The River CT Chapter and the Angels Across the USA Tour.

Alan and Denise will have CDs and other Angels’ merchandise available for purchase.  ♥

OTHER AUTUMN CONNECTICUT DATES

Alan will also be in
Monroe  Connecticut~  13 September
Appearing for THE TONY BROWN FOUNDATION:
Edith Wheeler Library
733 Monroe Tpke  Monroe Ct

Stamford, Connecticut  The Compassionate Friends ~17 September
7:00-10:00
Tully Health Center
32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT

FOR OTHER REGIONAL AND NATIONAL APPEARANCES VISIT
ANGELS ACROSS THE USA EVENTS CALENDAR 

 

 

HAVE MORE STUFF THAN YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH? – Donate to our TCF Tag Sale!

  

Our TCF East Of The River Chapter has a
Great Way for You to Help Yourself
while Helping Us
Help Others!

Need to clean out your basement, your attic, your closets but don’t want all of the exhausting work and hassle of having a Tag Sale yourself?  Craig’s list not your thing? Don’t want to have to try to price, list and sell stuff; always having to be home to answer those calls or take a chance with dubious strangers coming to your house?  But you aren’t the careless type personality who fills up landfills, when you know that The Stuff could still have value to someone else?

Your local The Compassionate Friends East Of The River CT Chapter is hosting a fund-raising tag sale and your tax deductible donations will be greatly welcomed!

Our anticipated date for the one-day sale is anticipated
for a Sunday in August
Hosted at the home of The Compassionate Friends East Of The River Chapter Treasurer,
Dave Evans,
398 Stafford Rd
Mansfield, Connecticut

WHY DONATE YOUR GOOD USEABLE STUFF TO US?

  •  It is a tax deduction to a 501-C non-profit organization
  •  Less work for you – we can even come to you to pick up your donations – or  arrange to meet you somewhere
  •  We Help People at the Worst Time of Their Lives ~ and you’d be helping us to  help others
  • We need donations to make for a Great Tag Sale ~and it is chance for you to Pay It Forward!

 WHAT WE NEED

  •   Furniture
  •   Kitchen Goods
  •  Art Work
  •  Books
  •  Children’s Toys ~ Children’s Clothing ~ Baby Items
  •  Working Electronics
  •  Bikes
  •  Plants and Flowers
  •  Just about anything that is Too Good to Just Throw Away, but that you just don’t need anymore

ARRANGE TO MAKE YOUR DONATIONS by emailing TCFEastOfTheRiverCT@gmail.com or phoning the Chapter at 860-375-EØTR (3087)  (Please leave a voice message!)

Our TCF Chapter “funding” comes, totally, through donations and whatever little fund-raising that we can do.  People, more easily, give to causes that are bathed in HOPE of SURVIVAL – The American Diabetes Foundation, The Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, among others ~ which are all great and wonderful causes; causes that fill people with Hope of Life.  TCF is the group that people turn to for understanding when those others can’t keep their child or sibling alive or when tragedy occurs.  None of us want to be members in this “club” of being a bereaved parent or sibling – we pay the highest “dues admission” possible – by the death of someone we love.

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS is a free peer-to-peer support group offering friendship, understanding, resources, validation and even hope to families who have experienced the death of a child or sibling, of any age from pre-birth to full maturity, from any cause.   We help to bring light to the darkest hours of a family’s life.  But that means that when someone needs us, a son or daughter, brother or sister or a grandchild has died.  That doesn’t put us on high on the list when people are thinking of charitable donations.   They don’t want to think about ever needing us.

The TCF East Of The River CT Chapter meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 at the Hilton Inn & Suites on Pleasant Valley Rd in Manchester.  If you need support after the death of a child, grandchild or sibling or for more information, call Chapter leader Bettie-Jeanne at 860-375-EØTR (3087) or visit the website at TCFEastOfTheRiverCT.org.  For Information about the national organization, and other chapter locations, including the 10 chapters in Connecticut, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at CompassionateFriends.org.  The Compassionate Friends is the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization and has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.

The TCF East Of  The River Ct Chapter brings light, giving support and caring to our local families during the darkest times of their lives.♥