The Compassionate Friends, Great Boise Area Chapter
The Compassionate Friends is an emotional support group for those suffering from child loss. Parents, grandparents and siblings (age 12 and above) are all welcome. They are a self-help group and all of
their leaders are bereaved parents. They are a non-profit, non-denominational support group with
no religious affiliation. The group meets inside the Meridian Senior Center at Julius M. Kleiner Park
in Meridian, Idaho at The Village, every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM MST.
Next Meeting: May 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM MDT. Check out the Live Series of YouTube videos with Co-Chapter Leaders, Kristina & Steffanie. They recently started a blogcast called Sunflowers & Red Feathers as well.
Watch the YouTube videos or read the blog here.
They are active on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TCFSouthernIdaho
and on their Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/634712763985467
Chapter Leader: Kristina Cunningham, email@example.com
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Boise, Idaho
2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MDT
717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
The group meets continuously throughout the year at First United Methodist Church
(Cathedral of the Rockies), in the Bishop's Lounge at 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Meetings are held in person on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MST.
Next meeting is on May 12, 2022.
Group Facilitators: Kirby or Susan Orme, (208) 342-2139, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother's Day 2022
Mother's Day reminds some people of losses they don't often speak of, like death, separation, divorce,
infertility, illness, unfulfilled longing, disability, estrangement, neglect, rejection, abuse, and abandonment.
If this day is difficult for you, for any reason, be extra kind and soft with yourself. Sending lots of love
and wishes for a gentler Mother's Day than expected to all feeling tender from loss.
Bereaved Parents Awareness Month
July is recognized each year as Bereaved Parents Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to
raising public awareness of the support required when one endures the death of a child at any age.
If you are a parent who has lost a child, our hearts and thoughts are with you this month, and always.
Some terrific grief resources and organizations that support and assist bereaved parents are:
Alive Alone - https://www.alivealone.org/
Bereaved Parents of the USA - https://www.bereavedparentsusa.org/
The Compassionate Friends - https://www.compassionatefriends.org/
The COPE Foundation - https://copefoundation.org/
Dads of Steele Grief Support Group - https://dadsofsteele.org/grieving-dads/
David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry - www.davidshopeministry.org
Grieve. Breathe. Believe. - https://www.betternotbittermom.com/offers/Byd2z2bi
Grieving Dads - To the Brink and Back - https://grievingdads.com/
Infant Loss Resources, Inc. - http://infantlossresources.org/
Jonathan's Giving Tree - https://jonathansgivingtree.org
Mamie's Poppy Plates -https://mamiespoppyplates.com/
The MISS Foundation - https://missfoundation.org/
The Morning - http://www.themorning.com/
The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. - http://pomc.com/
SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. - http://nationalshare.org/
Sharing Solace - https://sharingsolace.com/
Still Birth Day - https://stillbirthday.com/
Sunshine After the Storm - https://sunshineafterthestorm.org/
TEARS Foundation - https://thetearsfoundation.org/
2nd Annual Bereaved Mother's Day Virtual Conference 2021
Save the Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 4 PM CST.
Celebrating and honoring the beautiful BeReAVEd mother that you are!
Guest Speakers/Experts in the Field of Grief & Bereavement - Healing Sound Bath - Guided Meditation
- Powerful Yoga Flow - Therapeutic Art - Writing through Grief - Special Performances - Prize Giveaways and MORE!
Honor yourself and the life of your child as you connect with other grieving moms from around the world and experience healing! Feel refreshed and empowered to navigate your grief journey with purpose and possibility!
Invite your best girlfriends & supporters to join you as they will learn ways to support you.
*Proceeds benefit the Bereavement Fund at Children's Hospital Wisconsin and each guest
speaker's individual charity of choice
Every purchase through April 18 receives a FREE card deck set of 52-Week Affirmations for Grieving Parents
(a $20 value) delivered to your door!
Don't wait... these are only available for purchases made by April 18!
Click the images below to purchase tickets or learn more information.
Use the discount code CONNECTION20 to get $20 OFF your registration fees.
Jonathan's Giving Tree - Life After Loss of a Child Support Group
Thursday's at 7:00 PM PST via Zoom.
This group provides a safe space and supportive environment to further explore the stages of grief and is open to anyone that has loss a child or a adult sibling and grandparents. It provides an opportunity to meet other grieving parents and share experiences and coping strategies.
Zoom Meeting ID: 811 5824 0458
For more information, contact Marcia Arreola at 949-342-6547.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family
and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons,
daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.
As candles are lit on December 13th, 2020 at 7:00 pm local time around the world, hundreds of thousands
of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual WCL, a gift to the
bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of
light as it moves from time zone to time zone.
TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in
numbers as word has spread throughout the world. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held,
and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes, as families gather in quiet
remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten.
You can join in with the TCF virtual worldwide candle lighting memorial service on
Dec 13th for EST, CST, Mountian & PST Zones.
Register now to attend the candle lighting at 6:45 PM for each time zone: https://tinyurl.com/TCFcandle
Sara J. Cobb
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