Candelight services held on Friday evening at Lakeview Park

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.
The meetings are held the first Monday of each month at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at  For more information about the local chapter contact Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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