Friendship shown at expression of interest
LOSING a child is something you can only relate to if you’ve been through it yourself and it’s what has brought 30 people together to attend the expressions of interest meeting for The Compassionate Friends Stanthorpe on March 21. On Tuesday, March 20,
The Border Post shared group co-ordinator Sue Fleming’s story about how losing her own child inspired her to form the group.
Mrs Fleming said the interest for the group had exceeded her expectations.
“About 12 of those people who came to the meeting were affected parents and siblings,” she said.
“They all said they were interested in attending the meetings, which was excellent.”
People who attended the expressions of interest varied from a funeral director interested in a place to direct people when grieving, to a church minister who holds her own grief services searching for a place to send people next.
“We also had a school counsellor, which was wonderful,” Mrs Fleming said.
“She asked, ‘If someone comes through me through the school, can I come with them to the meeting?’
“I said, ‘Definitely, they can bring supporting people if needed.’ ”
Moving forward TFC will have a free meeting on the third Wednesday of every month.
“I’d like to sit down with people and see what they want with this group,” Mrs Fleming said.
“Whether they want formal meetings once a month or to go out for tea once a month or pop across to the beer garden at central and have a drink.
“It’s completely about the community and it can be tailor-made for whoever is there.”
The first meeting is at the CWA tomorrow, 7pm.