Any family grieving the loss of a child
The Compassionate Friends is a national self-help bereavement organization that provides emotional support during the natural grieving process after the death of a child at any age from any cause. We provide support through our network of chapters, our National Office in Oak Brook, IL, our national website at www.compassionatefriends.org which includes our Online Support Community, our annual National Conference, and our national Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/TCFUSA.
Description of The Compassionate Friends:
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national nonprofit, 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 no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. Founded in England in 1969, TCF was established in the United States in 1972, with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit incorporation in 1978, under which provision the organization’s nearly 600 local chapters also operate. TCF operates as separate entities in at least 30 countries around the world.
The Mission of The Compassionate Friends:
When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Role of Local Chapters
Each month more than 20,000 grieving family members attend meetings at our nearly 600 local Chapters. Monthly meetings provide a caring environment where the bereaved can work through their grief with the help of others who have “been there.”
Chapters are organized and facilitated by local members trained by the national organization. In addition to monthly meetings, Chapters provide community outreach and education, publish local newsletters, websites, Facebook Pages, and offer special programs
National Office hours Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
USA, Local Chapters