~Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends
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.
The Compassionate Friends is a peer-to-peer support groupÂ offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child of any age from pre-birth to full maturity.
The Primary Purpose is to assistÂ parents, grandparents and siblingsÂ in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death and to support their efforts to achieve physical and emotional health.
The Secondary Purpose is to provide information and education about bereaved families. The objective is to help those in the community to be supportive, including family, friends, employers, coworkers and professionals.â™¥