As a mutual assistance, self-help organization offering friendship,
understanding and hope to bereaved families, the Billings Chapter of
The Compassionate Friends provides a variety of activities and
information resources. The objective is to help those in our
community, including family, friends, employers, and co-workers to be
supportive. The [Photo Album]text in the
activity descriptions are links to pictures from those activities.
Check the Calendar page for actual dates, times and
(shown on the Calendar
are held on the second Monday of each month with the exception of July
and December. Location:
Billings Clinic, Conference room E
Use the entrance off 10th Avenue North by the Children's Clinic,
go past the elevators & then turn left once inside the cafeteria.
Look for the TCF signs. As many chapters do, we have a
Birthday & Anniversary Table at our monthly meetings. The
month of your child's birthday or anniversary of their death, we invite
you to bring a photo or any memento of your child that you would like
to display. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the memory of
your child with everyone.
Steering Committe Meetings
(shown on the Calendar
page) are held quarterly. If you have suggestions or other
information that you would like the committee members to address, you
can send them E-Mail via the Contact Us
page. You are also
invited to send any suggestions or corrections for anything on our web
site directly to the Webmaster from that same Contact Us
Planting of the Floral Garden in Rose Park
This really marks the beginning of spring!
Everyone is welcome to help us plant the garden with flowers
surrounding the Angel Statue. It can be a wonderful "dirt
therapy" session with friends who understand your frustrations or your
celebrations as our beautiful butterfly takes shape. Please bring
your own gloves, gardening tools, and knee pads. The more
volunteers—the less time it takes to plant. Volunteers for the
"Weeders" club will also be needed throughout the Summer. We have
a schedule to make it easier. Please contact a Steering Committee
member if you can help. A weekly weeding schedule will be printed
each month in the newsletter to remind everyone when it's their turn.
We're very proud of our floral garden & so very grateful for
Picnic and Balloon Launch
Every year in July, we have a potluck picnic in
Rose Park at the shelter nearest the sculpture garden--adjacent to our
Gift of Life Brick Walkway. Please bring a salad or dessert to
share. Chicken, eating utensils, drinks & balloons provided
by our TCF chapter. You may also want to bring lawn chairs or
blankets as seating is sometimes limited. Following the picnic we will
have a short memorial service followed by a beautiful balloon launch.
Location: Rose Park is at 21st Street West and Avenue D,
Billings, Montana. Turn north from Grand Avenue at 21st Street
Gift of Life Brick Walkway Dedication
Every year at 1:00 PM on a Saturday in August, we
dedicate the new memorial bricks at our Floral Garden and Brick Walkway
in the Sculpture Garden at Rose Park, 21st Street West and Avenue D,
Billings, MT. The Calendar
page will have the specifics
in case there is a change due to weather, etc. You may bring lawn
chairs if you wish. If you would like to purchase a memorial
brick for your loved one, you can get an order form from either the Brick
page. The cut off date for
accepting brick orders is July 1st of each year so that we have time to
have our loved ones' names cast into the bricks for the August
Our Annual Mother's Luncheon
is held in May. The
actual location varies, so you can check the Calendar
specifics. We hope you'll join us and treat yourself to time with TCF
friends and celebrate being your child's very special mom.
The dedication was held June 29, 2013. We are so very grateful to
each and every one of you who have so generously given memorials in
loving memory of your child, grandchild, or sibling to our Angel Fund.
And thanks, too, to all of the organizations who have
compassionately given funds to assist us financially for this special
project! We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our
goal! Our angel is now in place at Rose Park. A most
special thank you to our very talented Sculptor, Drew Brown, who gave
so much of his time, so willing to listen to each of our wishes, and
for his thoughtfulness in the design of our Angel
sanctuary in Rose Park has become such a meaningful and special place
to our members that we want to insure that it is well maintained for
years to come. In an effort to preserve and financially support
any future additions to our beloved sanctuary we will now designate
these donations to the Rose Park Sanctuary Fund.
Our Holiday Luncheon
is held on the second Saturday in
December. The location varies, so please check the Calendar
page for specifics. Please join us for lunch & fellowship as
we begin a weekend long tribute to our children, grandchildren and
siblings. Lunch usually costs between $6 & $12 per person. We
ask that each person attending bring a small ($5 value) exchange gift.
There will be a door prize.
The Worldwide Candle LightingŪ Ceremony
is always held
on the second Sunday in December at 7:00 PM. Candles will be lit
all around the world in memory of our children, grandchildren &
siblings. Please join us in lighting a candle either from home,
or you are welcome to join us at the shelter in Rose Park (Weather
Permitting) at 6:45 PM next to our memorial garden where we will light
candles promptly at 7:00 PM and have a short service in memory of our
loved ones. Please bring your own candle. Our tree in the park
will be decorated & you may bring an ornament to place on the tree
if you wish. Please know that TCF will not be responsible for
returning these ornaments.
Our Annual Holiday Memorial Service:
This service is held the evening of the second
Monday in December at the American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Avenue.
This is in place of our regular monthly meeting. All family
& friends are invited to join us for a special evening that
includes a holiday service & candle lighting ceremony starting at
7:00 p.m. sharp. (Due to fire codes, only one candle per family for
each child who has died will be allowed, and must be held by an adult.
Candles are provided by TCF.) Please come early and be
thinking of a special message to write to your child, grandchild or
sibling. The message will be read aloud during the candle
lighting service. A potluck fellowship will follow--please bring
a food item to share. We also ask that each family bring an unwrapped
gift to be donated to Family Services in memory of your loved one.
We hope you will join us.