May Meeting on Zoom Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego TCF meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 will be held on Zoom.
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The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 at 7PM on Zoom. If you want to join, please email Gary Hochstetler at to get the details. See the Meetings page to learn more.

Please note our new location for when in-person meetings resume.
Nobel Recreation Center
8810 Judicial Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Candle Lighting Ceremony
“May their light always shine.”
The Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony was held virtually on
Sunday, December 13, 2020, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST on Zoom.


View photos taken at our 2019 Candle Lighting Ceremony

View photos taken at our 2018 Candle Lighting Ceremony

Balloon Release
This yearly event was held in San Diego at the Admiral Baker Field on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Admiral Baker Field
2400 Admiral Baker Rd.
San Diego, CA 92124
Google Maps Link

View photos taken at the 2018 Balloon Release

Select the Events page for more information.

For more information and registration go to the National website


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego TCF meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 will be on Zoom.

Please stay at home and join in virtually on Zoom if you would like.

Please email Gary Hochstetler at to get the details.

Please visit for the latest updates on COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit, self-help support organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.

The Mission of The 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. We recommend using the TCF National Web Site to learn more about the history and mission of the organization. Plus there are readings and many features there that may benefit you.

The San Diego Chapter was formed in the 1970’s to support families in the San Diego geographic area.

There are other Southern California chapters in the Los Angeles area. Plus we have plenty of helpful links on the Resouces Links page.

Our Regular Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at:
Nobel Recreation Center
8810 Judicial Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

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Our charity number is: 33-0241379

VIRTUAL - The National Conference
The Compassionate Friends - 43rd TCF National Conference was held virtually on Zoom the weekend of July 31 - August 2 2020. Participation is entirely optional. Registration fees for the three-day event will be $65 per person (early bird registration) and $85 per person after July 17th, 2020. Please see

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Time to re-register Sept. 1, 2020 – Refer to more info on Donation page.

Go to the Newsletter page and scroll down. Our newsletters will begin to be available for you to access from your computer.


You will be able to print the issues or articles you want.

TCF T-Shirts are now available for purchase.


See the Donate page for more information.

Write to:
San Diego Chapter of TCF
3555 Rosecrans St. #114-569
San Diego, CA 92110

Questions about the San Diego Chapter? You can email or call:

(619) 583-1555
(recorded information and a callback if requested)
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