September 19, 2017
 

The Compassionate Friends Credo

We need not to walk alone. We are the Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other in love, with understanding and with hope. The children we mourn have died at all ages and from different causes, but our love for our them unites us. Your pain becomes my pain, just as your hope becomes our hope. We come together from all walks of life, from many different circumstances. We are a unique family because we represent many races, creeds and relationships. We are young and we are old. Some of us are far along in our grief, but others still feel a grief so fresh and so intensely painful that they feel helpless and see no hope. Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength; while some of us are struggling to find answers. Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression; while others radiate an inner peace. But, whatever pain we bring to this gathering of The Compassionate Friends, it is pain we will share, just as we share with each other our love for the children who have died.. We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but we are committed to building a future together. We reach out to each other in live to share the pain as well as the joy, share the anger as well as the peace, share the faith as well as the doubts, and help each other to grieve as well as to grow.

We Need Not Walk Alone. We are The Compassionate Friends.

The Compassionate Friends
Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child

"The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again."
~ Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

The words of TCF's Founder, Simon Stephens, resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty.

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

Through a network of more than 650 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

The National Office and its staff also provide many levels of support to our chapters, as well as individual responses to those who call on the phone, contact us through our website, or send an e-mail that simply says, "My child has died. Help me!" We will be here as long as you need us. That is our commitment to you.

Located in Oak Brook, Illinois, the national TCF organization provides additional support beyond the local chapters. Be sure to check out their website www.compassionatefriends.org where you will find:
  • Over 600 US Chapters
  • Internet chat rooms grouped by gender or circumstance
  • Information on the Annual National Conference
  • Quarterly Magazine
  • Brochures for parents, siblings, co-workers, funeral directors, etc.
  • Links to other grief related websites
  • Recommended books and other materials

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