Our Sympathies Go Out to Oklahoma Families
The Compassionate Friends extends its deepest sympathies to all who have lost loved ones including children, siblings, and grandchildren as a result of the tornadoes that have devastated the Oklahoma area. We have 10 Oklahoma Chapters and as this tragedy continues to unfold, we will make an assessment within the area and see how we, as a national organization, can best assist our chapters which will be involved on the front lines and may, themselves, have sustained material losses from the tornadoes. For information on the Oklahoma area chapters, please visit our Chapter Locator for contact information. We thank you for all your support and please know that The Compassionate Friends will be involved on both a national and local level for as long as we are needed.
~Patricia Loder, Executive Director
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.
Time has proven that in caring and sharing comes healing. We welcome you to The Compassionate Friends