One of the first groups to start in NZ, the Wanganui group was in recess for a few years and in 2011 recommenced.
We work autonomously and adhere to the principles of The Compassionate Friends Inc. We keep in contact with other NZ groups by way of email and the newsletter. We have contact with over 25 families in the Whanganui Manawatu area. We welcome families outside of Wanganui too.
At Christmas time 2016 we visited the Children’s Area at the Aramoho Cemetery and placed wind chimes and Christmas decorations in the beautiful magnolia tree which shelters the spot. There is a wooden bench there donated by our group some years ago. It is a special place of beauty and peace where parents can rest and reflect.
Coffee, Care and Chat meetings
We welcome bereaved parents to meet us monthly at a local café The Yellow House for Coffee Care and Chat on an informal level. There is a focus topic but basically we just chat and support one another and surround newcomers with special care and understanding.
Always the first Saturday of each month at 11 am. Click here for our upcoming Coffee Care and Chat dates.
Some dates to note in your Diary
The 2018 Coffee Care and Chat meeting dates will be posted soon, please call back, or email us for more details.
Our Coffee Care and Chat meetings are held at the Yellow House, starting at 11 am. If you haven’t come before you are very welcome and you will be glad you came. We meet for a casual hour or so. Buy a coffee/tea and something to eat and join with us in the side room on the left as you enter. They call it ‘The Snug’. We meet to support each other. The table is set around a topic.
December 2nd - Remembering Our Children
The Compassionate Friends Wanganui will be remembering our children at the Aramoho Cemetery Children’s Section on Saturday December 2nd 2017
There is a glorious magnolia tree sheltering the Children’s Section of the Aramoho Cemetery.
As a way of remembering our children of any age who have died too soon, we will meet there and hang wind chimes or Christmas decorations in the tree.
Come to the Yellow House Dublin St. Wanganui for our usual monthly coffee at 11 am Saturday 2nd December, then at 11.40ish we will drive to the Cemetery ( we can pool cars) If you prefer you can go straight to Aramoho on Saturday 2nd or at some other time that may suit you.
Bring a Christmas decoration or wind chime or some token special to you and your child.
This is a peaceful and gentle way to remember children who have gone too soon, and a special way for us to remember our own children as Christmas approaches – a time we all find difficult.
All families are invited no matter where their child may be resting.
Directions : Take the first left at the Cemetery, McNeill St; then the 3rd turn right (Block 0) Drive along 1 block to the tree and wooden seat. This seat was gifted by our group years ago – a place to sit, rest and reflect .We will have a big blue sign out.
The Compassionate Friends World Wide CandleLighting 2017
For the past 20 years, the second Sunday in December has been set aside as Worldwide Candle Lighting. Families and friends around the globe unite as they light candles for one hour in memory of their children who have died at any age from any cause. Candles are lit at 7pm local time, so New Zealand is always the first country to create this virtual 24 hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.
It is now believed to be the largest mass candle-lighting in the world. This event founded by Compassionate Friends is also remembered by allied bereavement organizations and groups.
We in Wanganui will gather together at 7pm, 10th December and we invite other parents to join us to remember loved and lost children. More details later…….
The Compassionate Friends is an International Bereavement Organization that supports and encourages parents who have lost a child of any age from any cause.
Light a candle, see it glow, watch it dance,
when you feel low, think of me, think of light,
I'll always be here, day or night,
a candle flickers, out of sight,
but in your heart, I still burn bright….