Have a fling this Saturday with the first Spring Fling Fashion Show at Quinsam Hall.
The Campbell River chapter of the Compassionate Friends of Canada will host the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Britches and Hose Vintage Clothing Store and includes a silent auction and cash bar.
The event is going to be a fun evening with special appearances and performances by Brickhouse Betties Roller Derby Girls, Sweet Tease Burlesque, and Phyre the Fire Spinner – Lulu Tingle. There will also be belly dancing and hula hoop dancing. For more information call 250-204-5751 or 250-914-0914.
The event is a benefit fundraiser for The Compassionate Friends an international non-profit, non-denominational self help organization offering friendship, understanding, grief education and hope for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause.
Their primary purpose is to aid in the positive reconciliation of the grief experienced by parents upon the death of a child and to support their efforts to achieve physical and emotional health. The secondary purpose is to provide information and education about bereaved parents, their surviving children, and the grieving process. The objective is to help those in the community including family, friends, employers, co-workers and proffesionals to be supportive. There are no membership fees.
Their mission statement was developed at the founding of The Compassionate Friends and it continues to be followed by TCF chapters throughout the world. The first meeting of The Compassionate Friends took place in Coventry, England on Jan. 28, 1969. The first chapter in Canada was established in Winnipeg, MB, January, 1977. There are approximately 50 Canadian chapters with numerous contact members from Victoria, BC to St. John’s NL, including the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. TCF is now in approximately 30 countries with a network of over 1000 chapters.
The Compassionate Friends/Les Amis Compasitissants of/du Canada was formed Nov. 2, 1986 in Winnipeg.
To recover from the death of a child may take a lifetime but the most crucial period of the grieving process is the first several years. Unfortunately, support of friends and extended family is usually relatively short term when compared to the needs of a bereaved parent. The Compassionate Friends provides the much needed “mutual support and understanding” for those bereaved parents and their surviving children.
Grief is not a condition that can be “treated.” It is a healing process that takes a long time—much longer than most people would expect, and requires on-going support, understanding, and friendship from those who have “been there.” The Compassionate Friends offers all of these, but most of all, they offer HOPE – hope that recovery is possible.
The Compassionate Friends is an organization formed by and for parents whose children have died. The Compassionate Friends is the only organization that specifically deals with the death of a child at any age, from any cause, at any time.
Local chapters provide monthly sharing meetings, telephone friends, newsletters and hold an annual Candle Lighting Memorial Service and various specific events. Most chapters have a library of resource books, CD’s and videos beneficial to parents and professionals alike. Many chapters also have brochures which are distributed within their communities.
For more information in Campbell River, contact Judy Dowd at 250-202-2593.