Welcome To The Compassionate Friends
Potomac Maryland Chapter
Katherine Bloom - Chapter Leader / Nancy Frank and Mary Mandeville - Co-Leaders
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. Or you may email your thoughts to us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Potomac Presbyterian Church
10301 River Road,
Potomac, MD 20854
The Potomac Chapter meets at 7:00 PM on the 1st Tuesday of every month.
We follow Montgomery County School Closings for inclement weather. If MCPS are cancelled or have Early Dismissal there will be no Chapter Meeting and look for rescheduling Announcements or call 301-847-9906. Should the Weather change late in the day, please look for an email announcing a last minute Cancellation.
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, and publishes a newsletter several times a year, and you may read the current issue by clicking on the Newsletter Link at the left.
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, Inc.
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Toll Free: 1-877-969-0010