Meetings of The Compassionate Friends Bluegrass Chapter

  Our chapter meetings are casual and informal.  Normally, a meeting leader starts the meeting by welcoming everyone, especially first time attendees and providing appropriate information or guidelines for the meeting.  After any general announcements, everyone has the opportunity to introduce themselves and briefly talk about their child and surviving siblings.  Those not wanting to talk are always free to decline.  Sometimes we divide into smaller groups for additional sharing.  Most meetings will have a topic presented for thought and discussion.  We close our meeting after about 2 hours with the reading of our Compassionate Friends Credo.  
  About Your First Meeting

You may find it very difficult to find the courage to attend your first meeting.  But when you do you will be rewarded with finding others that truly know and understand all of the difficult thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing.  We will tell you that even though you it’s difficult for you to believe, this awful pain you feel will not always be this bad, it will soften and get better.  We offer Hope because each of us have survived similar circumstances when our child died.  We care about how you feel and want to help and comfort you.  So take a chance and find a way to come to that first time.

Remember, you do not have to talk if it’s not comfortable for you.  You may find that it helps just to listen to someone that has “been there”. However, we encourage you to talk if possible because we know how important it is to and how much you need to talk about your child.  We want you to feel comfortable saying whatever you wish so anything that is said or happens during a meeting is confidential.  We understand tears, you shouldn’t be afraid if you need to cry.  You don’t have to be alone, we are ready to help.

Frequently Asked Questions about our meetings (national website)