Last Friday evening, after the tragic shootings in Connecticut, a group of nearly 100 gathered at The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County’s Children’s Memorial in Lakeview Park for a candle-light observance.
Mayor Vincent Leone and the Port Clinton Police and Fire Departments and members of the community joined members of The Compassionate Friends, a local group who deeply understand the grief of losing a child.
“This experience is very raw for us,” said Roseann Hickman, founder of The Compassionate Friends Chapter of Ottawa County. “It triggered a lot of emotions for the grieving parents, knowing what those parents (in Connecticut) were experiencing.”
Anyone who has had a child in their family is invited to the monthly meetings of Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County. It is a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child of any age and any cause. The organization is non-sectarian welcomes bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and immediate family members to its meetings. The mission of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.