The Compassionate Friends

47th National Conference

July 12th to 14th , 2024 in New Orleans, LA

The 2024 National Conference has been announced.
New Orleans, LA
TCF's New Orleans chapter is looking forward to hosting our conference and sharing their city with our attendees. Save the date and more information will be provided in the coming months.
Worldwide Candle Lighting 
Sunday, December 8th, 2024
Worldwide Candle Lighting Event In Manhattan
at the
Parish House of The Church of Ascension
12 W.11th Street (near 5th Ave)
Doors open at 5:45PM. Arrive by 6:15PM
Doors close and progam begins promptly at 6:30PM
so that candles will be lit at 7PM.
The Compassionate Friends - Worldwide Candle Lighting
We remember... that their light will always shine.
* Remember - be sure to bring a framed photo of your loved one
to be displayed in the ballroom during the evening.
Important - take note!
There will be an ongoing slideshow of all our children...
To include your loved one in this beautiful memorial, please
email your photos by DECEMBER 5TH to:

We suggest you send two photos - a young,"sunrise" photo and a "sunset" more recent photo.

Be sure to indicate your child's full name exactly as you wish it to appear!

(If you had photos in last year's slideshow, we will use the same photos for 2023)

(If you do not have email, you may also bring your photos to our regular monthly meetings)


National will have a Virtual Candle Lighting at 7PM in each time zone.
Go to for more information.
More about The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting

Each and every year, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting© unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 27th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF's WWCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Manhattan Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is proud to be part of this annual celebration.
***Note too, the Manhattan Chapter will be sponsoring the National Office from December 25-31st. Your child's photo will also be included with photos of our Children on the National website that week!
And in 2025... 

Anger in grief can be very debilitating for many of us. Join grief guru Dr. Bob Baugher, Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley and TCF Executive Director Alan Pedersen for a very informative webinar "New Years Resolutions - Dealing with Anger." The webinar is free and available now, sponsored by The Compassionate Friends and Open to Hope. Click the link below to watch.

This webinar brought to you by The Compassionate Friends and the Open to Hope foundation.