Important TCF News & Events
Please join us every third Thursday of each month from 7 - 8:30pm
for grief support during a Group Sharing Session.
To receive TCF event notices by email, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Our next Monthly Sharing Session will take place January 18, 2024 at 7pm via ZOOM.
See our Calendar of Events for details and the Zoom Link...
*There will not be a sharing session on the third Thursday in December.
Please join us on Sunday, December 10, 2023
Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony
On Sunday, December 10, the Oneonta Region Chapter of TCF will join other chapters worldwide as we host a Candle Lighting Ceremony for families to remember their departed children, grandchildren or siblings at the UUSO Church, 12 Ford Avenue in Oneonta.
You may wish to bring a small photo of your loved one, and you are encouraged to arrive at 6:30pm to set up your photo on the memory table.
The candle lighting begins at exactly 7pm.
Special ornaments and candles will be provided.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Masks are suggested, but not required.
For more information about the Worldwide Candle Lighting,
click on the blue button...
Who we are...
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship and understanding to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. We have learned that the death of our child has caused a pain that can best be understood fully by another bereaved parent. We also provide support to siblings and grandparents.
TCF was founded in 1969. There is no religious affiliation. We are non-sectarian and multicultural. There are no membership fees or dues, and all bereaved family members are welcome. The Oneonta, New York chapter of The Compassionate Friends is a non-denominational, self-help support group composed entirely of parents who have lost a son or daughter.
The Oneonta, NY chapter meets at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of every month in the Dauley Room of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Church Street and Chestnut Street in Oneonta, New York. Our meeting room is easily accessible from the Church Street entrance, in the first meeting room on the left.
For some of us, TCF is a way to remember our children and to share memories and feelings with others who have experienced the same loss and can, therefore, better understand the emotions and feelings that accompany that loss. For some of us, the loss is recent; for others, it has been several years. Sometimes, parents who are farther along in their grief can share thoughts about what helped them to deal with the loss. There is no professional staff, just parents who have lost a child. Knowing that all need love and support, we reach out as our own grief subsides, to those who still feel alone and abandoned.
We invite you to join us at a sharing session. If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us.
The Compassionate Friends
We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other with love, with understanding, and with hope. The children we mourn have died at all ages and from many different causes, but our love for them unites us. Your pain becomes my pain, just as your hope becomes my hope. We come together from all walks of life, from many different circumstances. We are a unique family because we represent many races, creeds, and relationships. We are young, and we are old. Some of us are far along in our grief, but others still feel a grief so fresh and so intensely painful that they feel helpless and see no hope. Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength, while some of us are struggling to find answers. Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression, while others radiate an inner peace. But whatever pain we bring to this gathering of The Compassionate Friends, it is pain we will share, just as we share with each other our love for the children who have died. We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but we are committed to building a future together. We reach out to each other in love to share the pain as well as the joy, share the anger as well as the peace, share the faith as well as the doubts, and help each other to grieve as well as to grow. We Need Not Walk Alone. We Are The Compassionate Friends.