Friend­ship shown at ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

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