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Worldwide Candle Lighting: Sunday December 13, 2020 - ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Held annually on the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

​At some point in the hoped-for future, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will once again host our annual Anniversary Potluck Barbeque. This provides a chance for us to get together with each other, family and friends, in a relaxed and beautiful environment. Young children welcome! The event is held at Delaveaga Park in Santa Cruz - Forty Thieves Picnic Area in the George Washington Grove on Branciforte Drive (pass the main park entrance and continue another 0.3mi). Please bring a dish to share if you are able (labeling ingredients is always appreciated); beer and wine are also permitted. We will provide some grilled protein options, as well as plates, cutlery, napkins, cups, and some juice and water... plus a croquet set!
News and Events 
The Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz Candle Lighting ceremony is normally held at our regular meeting place:  the Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz. 
However, due to the pandemic, the Meetinghouse is closed, so we will be holding an online gathering for the ceremony. If you are on our email list you will receive the information and Zoom link for 6:45pm 12/13/2020. If you are not on our list, please follow a "Contact Us" link to join.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of The Compassionate Friends produces a 
periodic* newsletter highlighting information on events, helpful articles,
and personal writings by chapter members. If you wish to be placed
on the newsletter electronic mailing list, please email us by clicking the 
"contact us" button to the right. 
We also welcome submissions of original writing,
and suggestions of material to include.

[*There have been gaps in publication, during periods when the volunteer 
position of Newsletter Editor was vacant, and during the pandemic. Please 
note that email contact information in older newsletters may be obsolete.]
Monthly Meetings

The Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz meet on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 7:00 to approximately 8:30 p.m. Meetings are currently being held online using Zoom, but we hope to return to in-person meetings as soon as permitted by our hosts. Bereaved parents, grandparents, and adult siblings are welcome. The Chapter normally holds a number of additional special events each year. There is never a charge for meetings nor for most special events. Please email us to receive Zoom meeting links.

TCF of Santa Cruz Sibling Group
A special group exclusively for bereaved siblings. Adults and teens 14 and older welcome. Please email us to be notified of dates, and receive Zoom links.

Donations are always welcome as we are entirely volunteer run and rely on contributions for covering our expenses.
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At some point in the hoped-for future, we will once again be hosting a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall of our regular meeting place (Santa Cruz Quaker Meetinghouse located at 225 Rooney Street in Santa Cruz). This is an opportunity to enjoy each other's company in a casual and unstructured setting. Friends and family (including small children) are welcome. Please bring a dish and/or beverage to share. We will provide plates, cutlery, napkins, cups and some drinks. Hope to see you there!
Social Nights
A time to get together for informal company and conversation, and sometimes an opportunity to participate in a grief/remembrance oriented activity. For details on listed activities or if you have an activity or speaker to suggest, please email us.

These events are currently on hold, due to the pandemic shelter-in-place order. 
    Currently Scheduled Zoom events (email us well in advance for link):

     Monthly Chapter Support Meeting (parents/grandparents/siblings):   2nd Monday each month - August 9,         September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13 - 7:00-8:30pm

        Sibling Group Support Meeting (siblings only, adults & teens 14+):  4th Tuesday each month - July 27,             August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28 - 7:00-8:30pm

         Note:  we have some additional resources of online support available for bereaved siblings, via a New                   York City chapter TCF Siblings Group - please contact us for more information.