Upcoming Events

This "Upcoming Events - Announcements" page is dedicated in loving memory of Christopher Shawn Yost of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

July 19-21, 2019 - The 42nd National Conference of The Compassionate Friends will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme will be "Hope Rings in Philadelphia." The Annual Walk to Remember is scheduled to be held on Sunday morning, July 21, 2019. Watch for additional details as they become available on the TCF national website at www.compassionatefriendsnational website at or on the TCF/USA Facebook Page or on the TCF/USA Facebook Page.

August 2-4, 2019 - Bereaved Parents of the US A will hold their National Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. Save the date! Visit for details, as they become available.

October 15, 2019 - Chuck Collins has been invited to speak at the TCF Fredericksburg Chapter monthly meeting, scheduled to be held at 7:30 p.m. inside Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5120 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408. 

December 8, 2019 - TCF 19th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting – At 7:00 pm around the world, grieving families take time to honor and remember their loved ones by lighting candles together in formal ceremonies or privately in their own homes. There is no greater example of holding onto love, as flames flicker across each time zone honoring the lives of children, siblings, and grandchildren who left this world far too soon. 


The Compassionate Friends has created a “Reading Your Way Through Grief” closed Facebook page offering its members an opportunity to submit their recommendations for possible inclusion on a master list of grief-related literature.    

Kathy and Chuck Collins were honored recipients of the 2017 Simon Stephens Award, presented at the national conference of The Compassionate Friends in Orlando, Florida.