The Compassionate Friends

North Oklahoma City Chapter

Supporting Family After a Child Dies

North Oklahoma City Chapter of Compassionate Friends was founded in 1973

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Our mission is to assist families toward positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age. The secret of our success is that seasoned grievers reach out to newcomers. Energy that has been directed inward flows outward and both are helped to heal. The importance of storytelling is honored. There is power in repeating the story of your child’s life and death in a safe place. Although our children have died at different ages and from different causes, we all suffer the same feelings of loss and trauma.

We are not here to treat, fix or lead, but to listen, share and companion through the grief journey. We are staffed completely by volunteers Our leader is Sharon Ellington.

Our steering committee of volunteers meet every other month on usually first Tuesday or Thursday at a designated location.

Our regular meeting is second Thursday each month at Mayflower Congregational Church located at 3901 NW 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Sign in at 7:00P.M. Program 7:30P.M. -9:00P.M. Child care is available for those who need it. Refreshments and fellowship after meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • A Walk to Remember
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting

Annual "Walk to Remember" this year will be held 9-27-14 at Dolese Park located at 4501 NW 50th St. OKC, OK Registration starts at 9:30A.M. Walks starts10:00A.M. (approximately 1.5-2 mile walk path in park) Followed by brief program , food, fellowship and balloon release for our children gone too soon. Telephone Loving Listeners are available anytime when you need someone to talk to.. our chapter phone is 405 693-3955. Sharon Ellington 405 401-9092 (son killed in drunk driving car accident) or Gary Clark 405 623-3595. (son killed in skiing accident)

Held annually the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.