2012-09-27 / Community

Compassionate Friends plan Escanaba meeting

ESCANABA – Anyone who has had a child die in their family is invited to attend the Sept. 27 meeting of the Southern Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Compassionate Friends. The meeting will be held at the chamber building on 230 Ludington Street in Escanaba at 7 p.m.

Part of this meeting will feature a bereaved mother, Mary C. from Escanaba, as she shares her story about the loss of her eight-year-old son 18 years ago.

Mary will share her compelling story of loss and her ongoing journey through grief. She understands the feelings of bewilderment, confusion, and loss that occur in early grief and will share her experiences on the difficult road of recovery as she makes it seem possible to survive a horrible loss.

Upcoming meetings will be held on Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 9. The November and December meetings will feature special programs. “Handling the Holidays” by Darcie Sims will be November’s topic and December’s meeting will consist of participation in the Worldwide Candle Lighting Service.

The Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child.

An International Organization, the Compassionate Friends has more than 625 chapters in the United States with locations in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. The nearest chapters to Escanaba are in Marquette and Green Bay.

The meetings in Escanaba are held on the fourth Thursday monthly, except for November and December. Meetings are from 7-9 p.m. in the conference room of The Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce building located at the east end of Ludington Street. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org. or call Neil or Betty at 786-0477.

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