Upcoming Events

The TCF South Central MN chapter is excited to host a Walk to Remember!

The Walk to Remember will be held at German Park on Sunday, September 12th at 1pm. There is no cost to walk or attend the event, but please register via the “Walk to Remember” tab on our website. Be sure to check our website for updates. There will be display tables with grief resources available. Participants may walk in memory of anyone who has died. The walking course is approximately 1-2 miles depending on individual walking choice. Cookies and water will be offered after the event. If you’d like to help volunteer in any way, please contact us!


The Compassionate Friends

2021 Virtual National Conference

July 16 – 18, 2021

TCF’s 44th National Conference will be presented virtually July 16-18, 2021. Although we would love to be together in person, we can still connect, support, and gather as a community through our virtual event. More details about TCF’s three-day conference are coming soon, including number of sessions, registration prices, and earlybird prices and dates.

Comments from the 2020 Virtual Conference:

“The Conference meant so much to me. It was beautifully presented. I will always be grateful that I was able to attend.” – 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee

“I am very grateful for all your hard work putting together such an amazing 3 day event. I am newly bereaved and this conference was that ray of sunshine that I needed. The Compassionate Friends conference has given me tools that I didn’t even know I needed to help me ease some of this pain in my heart.” – 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee


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