Sherry Cameron named new leader of Roanoke Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, hosts ‘Tender Tuesdays’
Former Salem resident Sherry Cameron has been named the new Roanoke Chapter leader of Compassionate Friends.
From the Compassionate Friends Support Group newsletter for Oct.-Dec., written by former Roanoke Chapter leader Michelle Moldenhauer:
Welcome new Chapter Leader Sherry Cameron. I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Sherry Cameron will be our chapter leader and facilitator for the Roanoke Chapter. We first met Sherry back in 2008 in the parking lot near Pizza Den in Salem after talking on the phone several times. She was struggling with the recent, profound loss of her dear son, Andy Cameron, who was just 19 years old.
We talked in my car for a long time. She was trying to find some peace and reassurance that she was not alone and that it wouldn’t always be as painful as it was then. Eventually, she came to our meetings and other activities. So much has changed since those early months, but she has remained dedicated to our group and helping other families.
Her 30 years of nursing experience is evident in her caring approach to life’s challenges, especially her most difficult one–the loss of her son. She has vast work-related experience helping others with loss and post-traumatic stress. Outside her profession, she has honored Andy’s memory and found meaning through involvement in Out of the Darkness suicide prevention fundraising; Steven Ministry training and service and her year as our wonderful TCF card angel. And she recently returned from in-depth chapter leadership training held in Philadelphia.
She’s already busy organizing and planning, has lots of great ideas and is enthusiastic about her new role.
Sherry hosts Tender Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, located at 17 E. Main St. in Salem.
“The thought behind the meeting was to encourage newly bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents an opportunity to step out in society–a very difficult thing to do after their loss,” Cameron says via email. “I hope this will also be a time that will help folks get through the holiday season.”
The meetings are casual and open to the public.