An expression of interest meeting is to be held in March with the hope of setting up a Compassionate Friends support group in Stanthorpe.
The Compassionate Friends or TCF is a world-wide self-help organisation offering friendship and understanding to families following the death of a child, grandchild or sibling.
TCF offers support in the grief and trauma that follows the death of a child at any age and from any cause.
Over the years I have been contacted by a number of families who have needed to talk to someone for support after the death of a child. As there are no support groups for bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings in Stanthorpe, Warwick or Tenterfield we invite families from all over the region to attend. This face to face contact on a monthly basis allows those affected by the death to attend with other people who have unfortunately suffered the same trauma.
On Wednesday 21st March at the CWA tea rooms in Victoria Street Stanthorpe at 7pm we are offering an "Expression of Interest" information night with the hope of setting up a TCF support group here in Stanthorpe. This meeting will be hosted by Susan Fleming who will be the coordinator for the monthly gatherings. Two of the wonderful staff (volunteers) from the Brisbane office with be there to introduce you to the principles of the TCF and to answer any questions you may have about the group.
We hope the outcome of this meeting will provide us with help in determining times and days that most suits to form monthly meetings in a relaxed informal atmosphere where everyone can attend and speak freely about the death of a child or just want to be there with others who have been in the same situation.
We invite family members who have experienced the loss of a child as well as any teachers, doctors, health professionals or anyone who may benefit from knowing about this group to attend this meeting.
If you are unable to attend this meeting and is interested in future gatherings, or have any questions, please contact Sue Fleming on Ph: 0417793016 or Kristie on Ph: 32542657 or visit the website at www.compassionatefriendsqld.org.au