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Welcome To The Compassionate Friends
Potomac Maryland Chapter
Hope, Health, Healing after the Death of a Child


TCF Potomac Maryland Chapter
Katherine Bloom - Chapter Leader
Nancy Frank and Mary Mandeville - Co-Leaders

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SPECIAL NOTICE


As of November 1, 2021 the Potomac Chapter will be meeting on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month. The exception will be for our Annual December Candle Lighting which will be held on

Tuesday, December 7, 2021.


Details about Candle Lighting will be announced as plans go forward. Please check back for more information.

All participants are required to wear a mask indoors, and preferably be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 for monthly meetings. We are following local mandates for the health and well being of of our Chapter members.
Masks must cover your nose and mouth and be worn for the entirety of the meetings.

In the event of inclement weather, we follow Montgomery County School Guidelines. If a cancellation is needed, we now have the option of meeting via Zoom.

For additional support, I recommend the TCF Facebook page. It is a closed Group and available 24/7. You will be asked a couple of questions to confirm your are bereaved, which is to ensure the Group is not subjected to outsiders, trolls, hackers, etc. There are numerous modules for specific needs of grief support and all are moderated by volunteers.

Also, if you want to talk with someone directly from our Chapter, the individuals below are always available.

Katherine Bloom
Chapter Leader
301-847-9906 Home
301-928-9023 Cell
katherinx@aol.com

Barbara & George Beall Newcomer Outreach
301-253-8740
Oldedish@starpower.net

Rob Goor
248-561-9881

Please continue to check this website for future announcements.





The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national, self-help organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, regardless of the age of the child or the cause of death. There are over 600 local chapters in the United States. We have no religious affiliation, and welcome parents, siblings and other family members whose children have died from any cause.

We offer support, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who are grieving, and provide a safe and caring environment for listening and sharing.

It takes great courage to attend a first meeting, but we have a support system that only other bereaved families can offer. As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. Our vision is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.

Meetings are held every month and you are welcome to come unannounced and to bring a friend if you wish. Every meeting can be different and we encourage you to try 3 meetings before deciding if the Program is beneficial to you.

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. There are several TCF Chapters in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and information regarding their specific meeting dates and times can be found on the Chapter Locator on the national website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

For further information about our Chapter, please call Barbara or George Beall at 301-253-8740.



MEETING LOCATION & INFORMATION
The Potomac Chapter meets at 7:00 PM on the 1st Thursday of every month.


Potomac Presbyterian Church
10301 River Road,
Potomac, MD 20854
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Inclememt Weather Alert-
A Chapter meeting will be postponed if Montgomery County Schools are CLOSED or have Early Dismissal due to inclement weather. In that event, please check back to this website for rescheduling date or call Katherine Bloom, Chapter Leader @ 301-847-9906.


As always, your safety is paramount, so if you feel the weather presents unsafe driving conditions, please wait until our next regularly scheduled meeting to attend.

MEETING INFORMATION
Our meetings include a time together in a full circle where we briefly introduce ourselves and share current activities, and then we break into smaller sharing groups on topics where we can get to know other bereaved parents or siblings and learn coping skills and strategies from each other's experiences. At our December meeting, we have a special family program called Candle Lighting, which is a time of remembering our children/siblings/grandchildren with a meaningful program and ceremony.

Potomac Chapter has a lending library of helpful books and other materials.



NATIONAL OFFICE:
Compassionatefriends.org
The Compassionate Friends has over 600 local Chapters nationwide. The National Website contains valuable information on Grief for Child, Sibling and Grandchild loss, with links to resources to help us in the journey through grief.

The Compassionate Friends
48660 Pontiac Trail
# 930808
Wixom, MI 48393

Toll Free 1-877-969-0010
NationalOffice@compassionatefriends.org


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798 Kimberly Court East, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Oldedish@starpower.net 301-253-8740

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