The Addison County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a nonprofit self-help bereavement support group for families that have experienced the death of a child, which has been meeting for the past few years in Middlebury and Bristol will no longer hold monthly meetings. Chapter leaders Nancy Merolle and Claire Groleau, TCF co-chairs, sadly indicate that for many months there has been little community interest. They send their sincere thanks to Hospice Volunteer Services and Saint Ambrose Church for providing meeting space, National Compassionate Friends for their support and especially Neat Repeats for providing the seed money needed to start the group, keep it running and provide books for all bereaved parents who attended.
Two other Compassionate Friends groups meet in the area to serve bereaved parents. They are: Burlington Chapter TCF which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 277 Blair Park Road, Williston - for more information call Dee Ressler, 802 660-8797. Rutland Chapter TCF which meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, West St., Rutland, VT - for more information call Susan Mackey, 802 446-2278.
Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) also serves bereaved parents with monthly peer support groups, with short-term educational consultations and referrals to local grief and loss counselors. HVS is located in the Marble Works district in Middlebury. Please call 802-388-4111 for more information about how to connect with appropriate support services.