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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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Great News! As of July, The Potomac Chapter is resuming In Person meetings

Our first Get Together Session will be on Tuesday, July, 6th 2021 at 7: 00 PM. Refreshments will be served with Health and Safety in mind. This meeting will be more of a social gathering than a regular Chapter Meeting. We encourage all parents, siblings and grandparents, including newer members to attend. We will have several members on hand to welcome newcomers.

All participants should to be vaccinated 2 weeks prior to the meeting, or are strongly urged to wear a mask. While the Chapter cannot Require anyone to be vaccinated, and no one will be asked, we hope every individual will respect the health and safety of the Chapter members.

The Chapter will also hold a Newly Bereaved Zoom Session on Tuesday, July 20th, so please contact Barbara & George Beall at Oldedish@starpower.net or call 301-253-8740 for the link. All newly bereaved families are encouraged to contact Barbara and George before attending a meeting. They are skilled in welcoming and helping newcomers to the Group.

The August 3rd Chapter Meeting will once again follow our regular format.

We look forward to seeing everyone again. Please contact Katherine Bloom, Chapter Leader, at katherinx@aol.com or 301-847-9906 with any questions or concerns.

For additional support, I recommend you sign into the TCF Facebook Pages, where there are individuals who can help you through your grief and this current situation. You will be asked a couple questions to confirm you are bereaved, which is to ensure the group is not subject to outsiders, trolls,etc.

Also, if you want to talk directly with someone from our Chapter, the people noted below are available 24/7 for conversation.

Katherine Bloom
Chapter Leader
301-847-9906 Home
301-928-9023 Cell

Barbara & George Beall

Rob Goor

Please check this website for future updates.

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.

The Potomac Chapter meets at 7:00 PM on the 1st Tuesday 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.

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.

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.

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Potomac Maryland Chapter- The Compassionate Friends
798 Kimberly Court East, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Oldedish@starpower.net 301-253-8740

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