Special Events

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Join Alan on his Angels Across the USA Tour 2018 in finding hope after loss

Open to the public at no cost, refreshments included

This event is open to anyone who has experiened the loss of someone beloved – spouse, parent, partner, friend, child, colleague…. Though The Compassionate Friends is specifically for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings, we welcome all to this evening of music and inspiration for all!

 Alan Pedersen is an award-winning speaker, songwriter and recording artist. His inspirational messages of hope and music resonate deeply with those facing a loss or adversity in their lives. His gifts make him one of the most popular, in-demand presenters in the world on finding hope after loss. Since the death of his 18-year-old daughter Ashley in 2001, Alan has traveled to more than 1,300 cities speaking and playing his original music. Alan successfully served four years as the Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, the largest grief organization in the world.

Take a look-see at the butterfly covered van representing our loved ones gone before us – add one if you so desire. Let your loved one(s) join this healing journey of hope. facebook.com/angelsacrosstheusa

Reserve your spot: https://a-special-evening-with-alan-pedersen.eventbrite.com/

Inquiries: TCF-Barbara@comcast.net


Annual National Conference

A National Conference of The Compassionate Friends is unlike any other conference you may ever attend. It is a place where you can go and know that you truly are not alone as you travel your grief journey. Every person comes for the same reason, a child has died. It is a place where “friendship, understanding, and hope” are more than just words. For almost three and a half decades, The Compassionate Friends has held National Conferences in different locations, from the east coast to the west coast, from north to south. Today it’s normal to have 1100-1400 bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents attend.  The National Conference is normally held in July.TCF St Louis Conference Logo

St. Louis, Missouri, will be the site of the 41th TCF National Conference on July 27-29, 2018. “Gateway to Hope and Healing” is the theme , which promises more of the great National Conference experience. The  Conference will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. Find details on the national website and on our TCF/USA Facebook Page. Plan to come and be a part of this heartwarming experience


Walk to Remember

When a child dies in a family, tcf-walk-to-remember-logolife as that family knows it is never the same. They learn to cherish the ways in which they can have their special child remembered. The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember® was created as a symbolic way to show the love we carry for the children we mourn. The Walk to Remember® kicks off the final day of the Annual National Conference. Every year volunteers carry the names of thousands of children whose parents, grandparents, and siblings are not able to attend, but wish to have them remembered.

Every year at the national TCF conference a Walk To Remember is held on Sunday mornings.  It actually is a time of celebration after coming together for a few days and sharing our loved one(s) with so many on the same journey of healing.

Virtual Walk to Remember

Can’t get to the national conference or just want to help the good work of our chapter?  For those who wish to support the Patapsco Valley Chapter here at home there is a virtual Walk to Remember.   More details will be provided in the month before the annual conference.


Worldwide Candle Lighting

The Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family wcl-second-sundayand friends around the globe in lighting candles to honor the memories of the children, grandchildren and siblings who have died. Held the second Sunday in December, candles are lit at 7:00 PM in each time zone as hundreds of thousands of persons around the world commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.  TCF’s Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance of children who have died, but will

The Patapsco Valley Chapter will hold their Candle Lighting Program on December 9, 2018 in the Auditorium at St John’s Episcopal Church.  The program will include readings, music and remembrances offered by parents, grandparents and siblings.  A reception and time of fellowship follows the program.  Please bring pictures of your loved ones to share on the memory table.

Want to volunteer? We need help with set up, greeters, music and clean up.
If you would like to be included in the program, volunteer or have questions, please email Jane Hipsley hipsleyfamily@hotmail.com or leave a message at 410.440-6909. If you want to be included in the program, please respond by December 3, 2018.

For our planning purposes, please RSVP if you plan to attend via the Eventbrite link: https://tcf-worldwide-candle-lighting.eventbrite.com

The Candle Lighting program will be held in the Auditorium at:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
9120 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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