We usually begin each meeting by introducing ourselves and our children, siblings or grandchildren who have died. We try to give everyone an opportunity to share personal experiences and feelings related to the death of their loved one, but no one is required to speak. Sometimes it is helpful just to listen.
Our meetings offer a safe place for us to talk about our feelings with others who truly understand. In order to ensure the comfort and trust of our members, we adhere to the following ground rules:
Please be respectful of the other members of the group.
Please refrain from judging or criticizing others.
Please avoid side conversations with others while a member is speaking.
Please silence all cell phones during the meetings.
Please treat what is shared at the meetings as confidential.
Feel free to come a little early or to stay for a while after the sharing session to browse through our lending library. Refreshments and opportunities to converse with individual members are also available after the meetings. No two meetings are the same. It is best to try to attend a few meetings before deciding whether or not The Compassionate Friends will help.
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