The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. They offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.
In TCF, “family” covers a broad spectrum of relationships. They aim to help any individual or family affected by the death of a child, including unmarried partners, adoptive parents, step families, same sex couples and single parent families.
Support is available over the phone, at groups, and online.
TCF has no religious affiliation and offers support to bereaved families irrespective of the age of the child, cause of death, ethnic, social or political background.
They respect the privacy of all those who go to them for support and offer a confidential service.
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Last updated: 28 Jan 2021