Candle Lighting 2015

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of […]


Mitch Carmody is the prognosticator of the Proactive Grieving model of grief processing. His approach is organic, compassionate and compelling. Mitch has been working with bereaved families and bereavement organizations for over 25 years and is his passion. Any one of these stand alone workshops has already helped thousands of grievers on their grief journey […]

A Day With Mitch Carmody

October 17, 2015 – October 17, 2015 Map and Directions | Register Description: REGISTER BELOW Mitch Carmody is the prognosticator of the Proactive Grieving model of grief processing. His approach is organic, compassionate and compelling. Mitch has been working with bereaved families and bereavement organizations for over 25 years and is his passion. Any one […]


August 22, 2015 – August 23, 2015 Map and Directions | Register Description: Last year was a beautiful and successful event.  We raised enough money to support our community outreach programs, provide resources to help the bereaved and fund our support group, along with providing scholarships.  This year we added new events and new scholarships […]

Winner of The Darcie Sims TCF Memorial Scholarship Announced!

We are pleased to announce this years winner of the 2015 Darcie Sims TCF Memorial Scholarship. Traci Mulligan tells her touching story below. She is a member in good standing of the Savannah Compassionate Friends Chapter. On November 21, 2013; her life was changed forever. Her three sons, Garrett, Wesley and Eli, were killed in […]

4TH Annual Memorial Blood Drive to Celebrate Tony’s 30th Birthday!

On March 7, 2015, just two days before Tony’s 30th birthday we are hosting our fourth annual memorial blood drive through the Red Cross.  The drive will be held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church at 466 Elm Street, Monroe, CT between the hours of 7:45Am and 1PM.  You may visit The Red Cross Site and […]

The Darcie Sims Memorial Conference Scholarship

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC is pleased to announce that it will be sending ONE grieving parent to The Compassionate Friends/USA 38h National Conference. In 2012, I had the privilege of meeting Darcie Sims at the Costa Mesa Conference!  That was an event that turned my grief journey into one of healing and helping.  I had […]

Worldwide Candle Lighting For All Our Loved Ones

Sunday, December 14th will be our annual candle lighting and remembrance of our loved ones.  Every year we hold this event in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends WorldwIde Candle Lighting.  The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the […]

Anthony’s Room~A Film About Sibling Loss

In August of 2007, Tony packed up his car and headed off to Orlando, Florida, where he would pursue an education in film at Full Sail University.   This decision was not made lightly.  Tony had attended Hartford University right out of High School in 2003.  As many parents know all too well, the best […]

Helping Raise Awareness

There has been much controversy over the latest facebook challenge.  What you are suppose to do is dump a bucket of ice cold water over your head and then challenge three other of your friends to do this to raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease).  In the past two weeks, donations are up $3 […]

The TCF scholarship winner’s essay about her experience!

I had the pleasure of meeting Kade’s mom Jenny and his Grandma at this years’ Compassionate Friends Conference.  Jenny had applied for the scholarship to attend her first conference and was chosen for her powerful essay she wrote.  I am truly honored to be able to contribute to the healing of others through the foundation. […]

Life After Loss-Workshops, Presenters and More!

Our symposium is going to be a beautiful weekend of healing, hope and help!  We have over 25 workshops, sharing sessions, holistic healing events and much more offered throughout the weekend, Special sharing sessions, meditation and a wonderful keynote with Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley of “Grief Relif TV” and “Open To Hope Radio“,  a […]

How to Rediscover Yourself After the Death of a Child

This past weekend I had the honor of presenting a workshop at the 37th Compassionate Friends Conference which was held in Chicago.  This was my first experience presenting at the conference.  Fate thought that it would be best to present on Tony’s 5 year anniversary.  I must admit, I woke up wondering how I would […]

Heading to Hope and Healing!

Tonight I am getting ready.  Getting ready to head out to my 4th Compassionate Friends Conference.  Each year that I have attended, the experience has been more than I could hope for!  Each year has been a unique experience.  It has wrapped me in every emotion that the phase of my journey encompassed. My first […]


Imagine if you will………… a perfect day spent with your family doing all the things you love.  Laughing, sharing meals, playing games, spending time together, and all the ‘“normal” things done as a family that are taken for granted. Now, imagine waking up to your child (or loved one) having a seizure, being rushed to […]

Bereaved Parents Scholarship Recipient Announced

The foundation is pleased to announce that Terry Wigington from Oklahoma is the recipient of our first BP USA Scholarship. Wishing you a very healing, hopeful and helpful event.   Terry’s story begins on June 9, 2009 when he lost his son Seth in a an accident.  Here is Terry’s journey. My name is Terry […]

Tips for handling Mother’s Day

  Tips For Coping With Mothers Day Grieving the death of a child is a painful process, especially as we approach Mother’s Day and Father’s Day each year.  Here are some tips to assist with the healing and integrating the loss into their life. Many experience grief as riding a roller-coaster. The initial impact of […]

Easter, Passover and the “other” holidays!

Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!  I am sure many of heard this joyful phrase in abundance the last few days!  Etiquette believes that these sentiments be exchanged during the holidays.  Happy Memorial Day, Happy Fourth of July, Happy Labor Day and on and on the onslaught to our senses goes. For those who are missing a loved one […]

April 2014 Newsletter!

Day of Love & Memories!

On June 21st, 2014, the foundation will be holding a Day of Love & Memories! Join us for our first Family Day from 10-3 at Great Hollow Lake in Monroe, CT. We will have a picnic, a butterfly release and a walk to remember along with some  games and arts and crafts! This day is to honor […]

TCF Conference Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jenny Robbins, Kade’s mom from Jefferson County, CO! Kade’s mom, Jenny wrote a beautiful essay which earned her a scholarship to this years Compassionate Friends National Conference.  She talked about her “new friends” and how  your address book changes.   She shared that a year and a half later she was planning a […]

Ziti Dinner

May 2, 2014 – May 2, 2014 Old Tannery Rd Map and Directions | Register Description: Join Us on MAY 2, 2014 For ALL YOU CAN EAT ZITI DINNER To benefit The Tony Brown Foundation Scholarship Fund! St Peters Church  Corner of Old Tannery and Route 111 Monroe CT 5-8 PM $9.00 PP       […]

2014 Bereaved Parents Gathering Scholarship

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC is pleased to announce that for first time,  we will be sending ONE grieving parent to the  2014 National Gathering for the Bereaved Parents of the USA.  This wonderful gathering is being held July 25-27, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri!  To learn more about this years gathering visit the bereaved parents website. […]

A Day of Reflection and Celebration! Happy 29th Birthday Tony!

Twenty nine years ago this morning, I drove my two boys to my mom and asked if she would watch them while I go had my third child!    My baby had been very active for the last three weeks but I just could not take it anymore -it was time.  The every other day […]

Family Valentines Dinner

Join Us For A Unique Celebration!  One of Love For Our Children! Valentines Day is not just for lovers, but for all who love! Open to all who are missing our loved ones!  Invite your families!    Sunday, February 16th 3PM STANZIALE’S RESTAURANT Price includes meal, coffee, tea, soda, and tax.   Tip is not […]

3rd Annual Memorial Blood Brive

Memorial BLood Drive On March 8, 2014, just 1 day before Tony’s 29th birthday we are hosting our second annual memorial blood drive through the Red Cross.  The drive will be held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church at 466 Elm Street, Monroe, CT between the hours of 8Am and 1PM.  Appointments are strongly recommended and we are […]

2014 Compassionate Friends Conference Scholarship

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, we will be sending ONE grieving parent to The Compassionate Friends/USA 36th National Conference. The conference will be held July 11-13 in Chicago!  To learn more about this years conference visit The Compassionate Friends website. .A message from Tony’s Mom: After my […]

Thoughts for the New Year

As 2013 comes to a close I have sat and pondered what this means.  Happy New Year!  A holiday I used to cherish.  Such hope for new beginnings, new starts, resolutions to be made!  The more I thought about how much I no longer look forward to this holiday, the more I came to terms […]

Sandy Hook One Year Later!

It has been a year since  the unthinkable came to my backyard.  It has been a year that 27 families lives were changed in an instance.  It has been what feels like an eternity and at the same time just yesterday.  It has been a year.  I would not be honest if I did not […]


Today wraps up a month of postings on Facebook for things I am grateful for.  A difficult task as holidays approach and the absence of loved ones seem to laying even heavier on our hearts.  There were the normal gifts; family, friends, health, and then a few vague ones with even one of admitting that […]

New Opportunities Coming Soon!

The Tony Brown Foundation is very busy with new scholarship opportunities!  We hope that these new programs will provide inspiration, opportunity and healing to those who benefit from these exciting adventures in the making.  We are still offering a scholarship to the annual Compassionate Friends National Conference which will be July 11-13th in Chicago.  Be […]


THANK YOU! Thank you to all the presenters, speakers and performers who so graciously gave of their time and resources to share their wealth of knowledge with everyone. Thank you to all my volunteers who gave of their services and time. Thank you to my family and friends for the support, encouragement and love. Thank […]

Candle Lighting

  Welcome to our 5th Annual Candle Lighting December 8, 2013                                                                                         […]

Symposium Update!

AN INSPIRING AND  POWERFUL TWO DAYS! OCTOBER 25th & 26th! You Will Not Want To MIss This Unique Opportunity! This symposium-Life After Loss-A Journey of Hope, which focuses on bringing hope, inspiration and healing to anyone who has experienced any kind of loss. The “Life After Loss symposium”  will take place in Danbury at the Crowne […]

2013 Symposium Centerpiece Sponsorship

October 25, 2013 – October 25, 2013 Map and Directions | Register Description: Each table will have a beautiful centerpiece displayed throughout the event.  You have the opportunity to sponsor one and either take it home with you or give to someone at the table to bring home!  You do not have to be present […]

Life After Loss Newspaper Article

On September 6th, the day before Brownstock, Karen Dydzuhn from The Monroe Courier came by and interviewed me for an article about our Life After Loss Symposium being held in Danbury Ct on October 25th and 2th!  She has always done a great job supporting our foundation and what we do!  Here it is!  I […]

2013 Symposium of LIfe After Loss

October 25, 2013 – October 26, 2013 18 Old Ridgebury Rd Map and Directions | Register Description: Two days of sharing, growing, learning, discovering and finding hope in your life after loss! Whether it is the death of a loved one, or another significant loss, there will be something here that will touch your heart. […]

Grief Relief TV with Open To Hope

This summer has been filled with purpose, opportunities and blessings.  I have many to thank for this.  I remain grateful that through my son’s death I have had the privilege of meeting such beautiful, loving, genuine, pure people.  All of, if given the chance, I would understandably turn back the clocks and never know any […]

Remembrance at Sea

Over the fourth of July weekend I had the pleasure of working on a committee that provided a much needed space of rest and reflection during a rather emotionally drenched few days during The Compassionate Friends 36th National Conference.  The theme was Beacons of Light, Rays of Hope.  Keeping with this theme I designed the […]

A Look At The Compassionate Friends Conference From Our Scholarship Winner!

Beacon of Love – Rays of Hope By Jean Springer-Puglia   What an excellent title for this years 36th National Conference for The Compassionate Friends. Although it has been five years since the tragic loss of our beautiful son Derick, this was the first convention my husband Bob and I attended. I’m not quite sure […]

Death and Dying Dinner Party

After attending The Compassionate Friends Conference in Boston, I got on a train and  headed to New York City for a unique dinner party with a diverse group of people of whom I had only met one.  I was exhausted, both physically and mentally from a very emotional weekend yet somehow intrigued to experience a […]

Father’s Day

It is everywhere this weekend.  Happy Father’s Day!  These words to a parent whose child has died can rip through their heart.  They remember when the day meant celebrating with their child all the love and happiness the title brought to them.  After the death of a child, the day becomes a struggle.  A balancing […]

Camp Of Champions Scholarship Opportunity

The Tony Brown Foundation Scholarship for The Film School at The Camp of Champions  The Camp of Champions and the Tony Brown Foundation want to carry Tony’s dream of being an action sports filmmaker forward to a deserving recipient. Tony came to camp as a camper and had the time of his life. The Camp […]

Scholarship Winner To TCF Conference Announced!

We are pleased to announce that Jean Puglia from Fairfield, CT has submitted the winning essay  and will be joining hundreds of bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings July 5-7th in Boston, MA for a weekend of hope and education.  We thank everyone who sent in an essay.  Jean shared her story of  faith, grief and […]

Happy Mother’s Day?

What do you say to a bereaved mother on Mother’s Day?  How do you help her?   Do you ignore it and not say anything?  Do you wish her a beautiful day?  I had a fellow employee ask me this today when we were discussing our schedules for the weekend.  I thought back to my […]

MADD Walk May 4, 2013

The Tony Brown foundation is proud to be participating in the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) walk which this year is held in memory of my dear friend’s son Derick who was killed by a drunk driver on May 10, 2008. Derick James Springer Home City: Fairfield, CT Age: 23 Crash Anniversary: May 10, 2008   I have joined the […]

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Please join us for a Wine Tasting Evening at Jones Winery. Come enjoy the beauty of Jones Family Farms and the Jones Winery Tasting Room. Let the Jones Winery team guide you through a fun-filled, unique, educational experience on sampling, serving and pairing their wines for optimum enjoyment. These locally grown, handcrafted wines pair beautifully […]

Recipes From Heaven Coming Soon!

Two years ago I started a huge project.   One that was bigger and more costly than I could have imagined.  It had to be put on hold until I had both the energy and the funds to put into this beautiful book.  The time has come.  I do believe that things happen for a […]

DVD Screening and Meeting

This month, Tuesday April 30th, we will meet at 6:45 pm and have a showing of a short (60 min) DVD “The 5 H’s-Hurt, Hope, Help, Honor and Healing by the Grief Toolbox at 7:30.  This video will inform, inspire and offer tools to help you as you navigate your grief journey.  The founders of The Grief Toolbox-Glen and Tanya […]

Grief Support Meeting

We are not professionals, just a group of parents and siblings who know what ist is like to have lost a child, grandchild, or sibling.  These meetings are non denominational and there is no fee to join  We just ask that our group does not judge and allows everyone to grieve at their own pace, […]