Meetings

We meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month

Due to the Coronavirus and the need to keep ourselves physically distanced, we will be holding all meetings online. We will be using a program called Zoom that will let everyone connect using  a computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet. You will be able to see and hear the other members, and if you have a camera on your device they will be able to see you. It is a way to come together while still staying safe. You can learn more about Zoom by watching this video about Zoom meetings.

You will also have the option to use a phone to join the meeting. You won’t be able to see anyone, but you will still be able to hear them and you can still share during the meeting. 

So, how will it work? Bob will send everyone an email that has a link and instructions.  We are planning to host the online meetings every Tuesday for now. If you are not on our email list, please contact us and let us know you want to attend one of our virtual meetings so we can send you the information. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you all for your support and patience during this time.

Meetings: What to Expect

Meeting Locations

While each meeting can have a completely unique “feel”, we follow a fairly standard format. We will begin with a Welcome, general announcements, and an explanation of our meeting guidelines to keep the meeting safe for everyone. We will read our Credo as a group, and someone will read the Birthdays and Anniversary dates of our children who were born or lost that month.

We will conduct a “go around” where we briefly introduce ourselves, and our child, to each other so we all have a feel for the losses of others at the meeting. The bulk of the meeting occurs in the Sharing Session, which may start with a topic, activity, or in most cases, an open opportunity to share your feelings and issues you are facing regarding your grief. Priority is given to new grievers.

There is no requirement to speak, but you can feel free to share anything! We end each meeting with a simple candle lighting ceremony and time to socialize and get to know each other. Each meeting lasts two hours, and we end on time.

Cocoa Beach Meeting

Date: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 

Location:
Online

Please contact us for information on attending our virtual meetings.

Melbourne Meeting

Date: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 

Location:
Online

Please contact us for information on attending our virtual meetings.

The Compassionate Friends Credo

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.

Meeting Guidelines

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What is Said Here, Stays Here

We need to keep this a safe place to share our feelings.
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Share the Air

We want everyone who wants to speak to be given that chance, especially any newcomers. Keep comments to the point. Silence is okay too.
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Give Priority to Newcomers

Newcomers need to share their story.  New grief is raw and needs to be heard. Newcomers don’t know us yet. Be welcoming by letting them share.
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Don't Judge

Everyone’s experience with grief is different. Honor the differences. Build trust.
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One Conversation at a Time

Honor whoever is speaking by listening. Save side conversations for after the meeting. Make everyone’s input important.
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Suggestions, not Advice

We are here to share our experiences. Tell how you handled a similar situation and how it worked for you.