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Grief Roundtable - BBC Radio Oxford

Bereaved parents Gil, Maria and Kate talk frankly together about grief after the loss of their children, grieving at Christmas and what can help. This is from a conversation hosted by BBC Radio Oxford in December 2023.

Worldwide Candle Lighting 2023

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting was held on the second Sunday in December. Once again, we came together in understanding and support to remember and honour our precious children, siblings and grandchildren.

Six Things We Need

A talk given by Sangeeta Mahajan at The Compassionate Friends weekend retreat for parents bereaved by suicide or substance use/alcohol in July 2023. Sangeeta's talk hopes to deepen our understanding of the basic needs of those in grief. It helps us identify where we might be stuck, what might be missing for us and how we might find what's right for us.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 2022

Join us for the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting held online on 12 December 2022. We come together in understanding and support to remember and honour our precious children, siblings and grandchildren..

Trauma and Bereaved Parents - Am I Going Crazy?

Bereaved parent and chartered counselling psychologist, Barbara Douglas shares some of the traumas she experienced on, and following, her son's death and how she has (sometimes) found ways to manage these. Barbara's hope is that by sharing a few thoughts, feelings and ideas about trauma, it might open up a few ideas of what might be helpful to you.

Life After Death: Experiences of Sibling Bereavement over the Life Course

Based upon 4 years of research, Dr Laura Towers discussed the findings of her study which sought to explore people’s experiences of sibling bereavement. It was a fantastic evening where we learnt so much about the sibling experience of bereavement - thank you to Laura for sharing her research and to TCF Trustee, Claire, for hosting the event.

Inquest Information Evening

Speakers Andrew Miller QC (Chair of Trustees of TCF) and solicitor, Sefton Kwasnik provide an overview of the inquest process, advice and suggestions about preparation and an idea of what will happen on the day.

Making Friends With Now with guest speaker Sangeeta Mahajan

In her third talk for The Compassionate Friends Sangeeta shares her insights on the importance of the here and now as we find ways to grieve for and honour our loved ones.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 2021

Join us for the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting held online on 13 December 2021. We come together to remember and honour our children gone too soon.

Bearing The Unbearable: Grieving The Loss of a Child with guest speaker Dr Joanne Cacciatore

Join Dr Jo Cacciatore, sharing her reflections on love, loss and the heart-breaking path of grief for a child. Hosted by The Compassionate Friends, UK on 4 May 2021.

Finding Hope After Losing a Child - with guest speaker Jane Oundjian

Jane shares her own story of the loss of her single parent mother when she was just 16 years old, and the death of her son, Jeremy, aged 14 months. She explores the difference in her responses to each loss. She speaks about the reality of how desperate it feels to lose a child and invites us to embrace the journey, however painful.

Upright With Knickers On - Surviving The Death of a Child

At this unique online event we hear from bereaved mums, dads and siblings about what has helped them survive and find meaning and hope again after the death of a child or sibling.

My Champion, Me: Let's Talk Self-Compassion - with guest speaker Dr Sangeeta Mahajan

Sangeeta shares with us her reflections around the theme of self-compassion. This conversation is about recognising and calling out inbuilt destructive tendencies and transforming them into a genuine friendship with ourselves. She helps us examine our internal dialogues and reframe them with self-compassion so that they serve and empower us.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 2020

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 2020

Finding The Mourning Light -with guest Speaker Andrea Corrie

Join Andrea as she speaks about her own journey after the death of her son James, her grief 'toolbox' and how she found glimpses of the 'mourning light'.

Grenades & Guillotines Navigating Loss and Finding Hope - with guest speaker, Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy was 17 when her younger brother, Matty, was knocked over by a car. Hear how she has endured this most terrible pain and how she survived. She shares with us the ways she found to make life meaningful and how she has learned to weave some joy in with the pain.

A Good Mourning - with guest speaker, Maria Ahern

Listen here to Maria, Trustee and former Chair of The Compassionate Friends, as she talks honestly and with humour about her son and her grief and how the three of them walk side by side.

Finding Meaning After Loss With guest speaker, Dr Sangeeta Mahajan

Join us to hear Sangeeta Mahajan on the importance, possibility and ways of finding meaning after deep loss.

Say Their Name

The only film available in the UK made by and for bereaved parents and their families and a valuable insight into what many have described every parent's worst nightmare. It will give comfort to the newly bereaved and understanding to their friends and family.

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