Avery James Photography

Avery James Photography

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Compassionate Friends

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. :)


jennifer said...

What a beautiful way to remember your son and for others that have lost a child and to have each other's support and understanding around you is immeasurable. You are truly an inspiration of strength to everyone you cross paths with!

Pastor Sharon said...

This is lovely. I can't imagine how you hold onto the moments of the present with the memory of that sweet boy you lost.

This is my first visit to your blog and I am sitting here in tears. . . and I recognize that you are finding quiet strength to continue for yourself, your son Avery and your family.

This is incredible. I may have to stay up late to catch up on your posts.

You have opened up my heart here with just the beginning.

Avery James Photography said...

Sharon - thank you so much for your lovely comments...I really appreciate you visiting my blog and reading my posts. :) I love to share my son's memory and it gives me a little bit of fulfillment to know that something of him has been passed along to another person's life, no matter how small. I hope to be able to share more personal posts (besides my client photography) when the time allows. :)
thank you again and I'll be sure to keep checking in on your blog as well! :)