The Compassionate Friends of Contra Costa County (TCF-CCC) is a California chapter of a nationwide, non-profit, self-help, grief-support organization. We offer friendship, understanding, comfort, and hope to East Bay Area families grieving the death of a child — of any age, from any cause.
(New! All links below — websites, emails, even phone numbers — should be “clickable”!)
DEC 9 (Weds, 7 PM): “Handling the Holidays”
This year, in lieu of our regular Holiday event, TCF Walnut Creek is proud to sponsor an award‐winning songwriter, recording artist and speaker whoʼll inspire us with hope‐filled words and music. Alan Pedersen and The Angels Across the USA is all about hope. Their tour is supported by hundreds of families and organizations whose loved ones have died.
This presentation will be offered via Zoom, from the comfort of your home.
Meeting ID: 815 8765 8839 — Passcode: K415Ux
Hope to see you there!
DEC 13 (Sun, 6:45–8 pm): “Worldwide TCF Candle Lighting”
On each second Sunday in December, Compassionate Friends worldwide light candles in memory of their children/siblings/grandchildren gone too soon. Starting at 7 pm in New Zealand, as each time zone lights its candles, a virtual wave of light spreads around the world in remembrance of children whoʼve died.
Please join us as we light our candles at 7 pm, share music, poems and memories. If you have a favorite song or poem to share, we welcome your addition. Our Chapter will provide the candles and a variety of music and poems.
Traditionally, weʼve had shared appetizers, snacks and beverages. This year, we ask for you to bring snacks and beverages for your family only. Remember to wear a mask, and dress warmly; weʼll be outside under a breezeway, as we light the candles.
NOV 24 (Tues, 7:30–9pm): Zoom Meeting
Rosemary Almand writes: “Hi everyone — you can access our meeting by clicking this link.
Meeting ID: 843 8908 6874 — Passcode: XLuj7C
. . . We look forward to meeting with you!”
(Ed. Note: this is our first time posting a “full” Zoom link. This experiment proceeds in the expectation that Zooms are by now common enough that nothing unusual or untoward will result — since doing so simplifies access for those who may need it most.)
NOV 26 (Thur, 7–8:30pm): Zoom Meeting
Lisa Deering adds that the San Leandro TCF group will hold their second November meeting — on Thanksgiving (Howʼs that for commitment?! — Ed.). All who may find themselves lonely or grief-stricken are invited to spend a little holiday time among welcoming friends!Reach Lisa at 510-562-9773 for the Zoom particulars.
October 2020: Walk to Remember + Meeting
OCT 25 (Sun): the Walnut Creek chapter combined our monthly meeting with the annual “Walk to Remember”. Thanks to the kindness of a non-TCF-affiliated, but sympathetic person on Next Door, we were able to have our event at a beautiful private lake.
We began with lunch, followed by a short meeting, and finally the walk and balloon release. This was the day we were warned to brace for an arctic cold front with gusty, high winds. Instead, it was warm, sunny and beautiful. (Thatʼs the awesome power of TCF for ya!)