April Meeting Cancelled Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego TCF meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 is cancelled.
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The next meeting will tentatively be Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 7PM in San Diego. See the Meetings page to learn more.

The status for the May meeting is uncertain. We will only hold the meeting if it is safe to do so according to the latest public health guidelines.

Please note our new location.
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 on
Sunday, December 8, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ

2550 Fairfield St
San Diego, CA 92110


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, April 1, 2020 is cancelled.

Please understand this was a difficult decision, but we must all do our part to stay home and flatten the curve to decrease the spread of coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable.

The City of San Diego has closed all recreation centers until April 6. In the interest of public health, we will not be holding a TCF meeting in April to comply with the President's request to avoid public group gatherings of more than 10 people.

The status of May's meeting has not been determined.

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

The National Conference
The Compassionate Friends - 43rd TCF National Conference “Sharing Sweet Memories of Love” will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the weekend of July 24-26 2020.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Time to re-register Sept. 1, 2019 – 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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