Some of you may know about the support group that I am heavily involved in, The Compassionate Friends. For those who don't, it is a monthly meeting group for parents who have lost a child of any age...parents supporting other parents. It also includes siblings and grandparents. It was a God-send to me in my darkest moments. It has been, and continues to be, a huge part of my healing process and inner peace.
Every year on the second Sunday in December, the organization sponsors a national candle lighting for the public, in memory of all children who have passed away. It's a beautiful event and can be very emotional.
I've gone every year since my son passed away in July of 2006, and I've also become involved with the local branch by helping with the newsletter, creating and maintaining the local chapter website, and sometimes leading meetings.
Below are some photos I took of this past weekend's candle lighting event that I wanted to share with my readers. :)
If you or someone you know might benefit from TCF, you can visit their national site for more info and a local directory of chapters: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/
You can also view our local South Bay, Los Angeles chapter's website: http://www.tcfsbla.org/
I'm also happy to answer any questions about the organization that you may have. :)