The Fairfax Chapter holds an annual Mother’s Day Butterfly Release (second Sunday in May) in honor and memory of our children. The event is held on the grounds of Historic St. Mary’s Church mid-afternoon and usually lasts 30-45 minutes. The event includes special poems and readings. Butterflies are pre-ordered by parents and families. As each child’s name is called, the beautiful creatures emerge from their darkness into the brilliant light of the sky. This event is very popular and is long remembered as a moving tribute to our children.
As you release this butterfly
in memory of me,
Know that I am with you
and will always be.
Candle Lighting Service
The Compassionate Friends holds an annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Service (second Sunday in December). This event is held around the globe at 7:00 p.m. in each time zone so that a continuous light shines in memory of all deceased children. Through local TCF Chapters, parents and families gather to honor their child through readings, music and candle lighting. The Fairfax Chapter will hold a Candle Lighting Service at St. Mary’s Historic Church this December.
May the light of their spirit
burn brightly within our hearts.
Walk to Remember
The Compassionate Friends holds an annual Walk to Remember at the TCF National Conference (usually held in July). Approximately 1,500 people participate in this walk in honor of their child, sibling or grandchild. They also carry the names of those children whose parents can’t attend the conference but would like their child remembered. Local TCF Chapters sponsor and hold local Walks to Remember, usually on the same day as the National Conference Walk.
The journey of the loss of a child
should never we walked alone.
The Compassionate Friends National
Conference is held annually (usually in
July) and rotates to different states
throughout the US. Over one
hundred workshops on a variety of topics
dealing with grief and healing are
available. Sharing sessions and
bonding with new friends is an important
part of the conference. Keynote
speakers of national prominence also
share their own stories and deliver
messages of hope.
For more information on the National Conference click here.
Other Special Events are often held throughout the year such as Memorial Events, Regional Conferences, etc. and more are always being planned. Fairfax Chapter Members receive email notices and information on all meetings and events.