We had beautiful weather for our chapter’s first Walk to Remember on Sunday, Sept. 12th, 2021! Here’s a link to a wonderful news article covering the walk:

Our chapter was also presented with a special proclamation from New Ulm Mayor Terry Sveine as he proclaimed September 12th “South Central Minnesota Chapter of Compassionate Friends Children’s Memorial Day.”

Mayor’s proclamation

Attendees had perfect weather in which to walk in remembrance of their loved ones.

German Park fountain

Our TCF Memorial stone at German Park




View our 2020 virtual TCF Memorial Tree via this link on our YouTube channel. Our TCF Memorial Trees are displayed annually at the New Ulm Medical Center. Each tree is decorated with ornaments carefully & lovingly placed in memory of our loved ones. If you would like to volunteer in the set up and take down of the trees, please contact us. The trees are put up the week of Thanksgiving and taken down right after the New Year.




Our December meeting is a World Wide Candle Lighting ceremony. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who have died. As candles are lit at 7:00pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. The candle lighting creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held, and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten. See the TCF National website for more information about both virtual and in-person candle lighting events.

Below is the 2020 Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting from The Compassionate Friends National Office. There is no Monday meeting in December.


World Wide Candle Lighting 2019