THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MANDURAH INC Supporting bereaved parents and their families after a child dies Phone: (08) 9535 7761 | After Hours Phone: (08) 9582 8113 Contact Us Mandurah Lotteries House 7 Anzac Place Mandurah WA 6210 Phone: (08) 9535 7761 After Hours Phone: (08) 9582 8113 Email:  tcfmandurah@bigpond.com Web: www.tcfmandurah.com.au SUPPORT Each individual grieves differently and has different needs. This is why The Compassionate Friends offer a wide range of support services. Each grieving parent, grandparent or sibling can take what is useful to them, when they wish, for as long as they need. All support services are provided by trained volunteers who are themselves bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings. Telephone Friends Telephone friends are available 24 hours a day. Every effort is made to match up friends where possible. The quarterly newsletter lists the “telephone Friends” available and includes bereaved mothers, fathers, siblings, area contacts including rural areas and specific contacts such as for Suicide, miscarriage or death of a baby. Drop in centre Attended by trained volunteers on a roster system, Monday to Friday from 10a.m. to 2p.m. You are welcome to drop in or ring when you need to talk. One to One Individual sessions of approximately one hour can be booked and take place in the quiet room (Iris Room) away from the office. As with all services there is no charge. The library is in the room and members can call in to browse through the books and other resources, have a coffee and read or listen to music. Support groups Regular support groups for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents are held on the first Thursday of each month. Support groups for those bereaved by suicide are held on the third Friday of each month. Times and venues are in the quarterly newsletter. Informal groups, coffee mornings or afternoons are held in Bunbury, Busselton,  Dunsborough, Mandurah and Rockingham as required. Quarterly Newsletter Where possible the newsletters are sent by email. Newsletters include news about past and future events, current activities, poems, grief education, a “Remembered with Love” section for anniversaries and birthdays, information about resources available to borrow, groups and internet resources. Members are encouraged to submit their own writings or poems which have been helpful to them. Memorial Events Annual events are held to provide support at particular times of the year. There is a Mother’s Day luncheon, a Father’s Day lunch and a Christmas candlelight memorial Service. A special event is held on International Children’s Day which is on the Sunday closest to 29 January to mark the first TCF support group held in England in 1969. The major memorial, fundraising and awareness event is the annual “Walk to Remember” held in March. In November a weekend healing retreat is organised for members. Held in a peaceful bushland setting it provides a rare opportunity to “Take time out and care for yourself”.  Worldwide Candle lighting Day is the second Sunday in December when candles are lit at 7pm in all time zones creating a ring of light around the world. The Siblings Credo We are the surviving siblings of the Compassionate Friends. We are brought together by the  death of our brothers and sisters. Open your heart to us, but have patience with us. Sometimes we will need the support of our  friends. At other times we need our families to be there. Sometimes we must walk alone,  taking our memories with us. continuing to become the individuals we want to be.  We cannot be our dead brother or sister, however, a special part of them lives on with us.  When our brothers or sisters died our lives changed. We are living a Life very different from what we envisioned and we feel the responsibility to be  strong even when we are weak. Yet we can go on because we understand better than others  the value of family and the precious gift of life. Our goal is not to be the forgotten mourners that we sometimes are, but to walk together to  face our tomorrows as surviving siblings of The Compassionate Friends.