“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


2020 has brought many challenges for all of us. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we operate our lives has been transformed, and we have lived with uncertainties, rapid changes, and many disappointments. At The Compassionate Friends (TCF), chapters across our country were required to suspend in-person meetings and gatherings quickly after the pandemic began. Our annual in-person TCF National Conference had to be cancelled due to travel restrictions, capacity limits, and health risks. Yet, newly bereaved parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers continued to desperately need support during their darkest moments of pain.

Amid these challenges and restrictions, TCF volunteers, staff, and the board of directors rose to the challenge. Together we have accomplished many things even when physically distanced. We have:

Your support is needed now more than ever! The number of newly bereaved families keeps increasing with this pandemic while support options are fewer and isolation is greater. Much more help is needed as we care for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents across the country through the broad range of services TCF offers.

Please join our ‘Rise to Meet the Challenge’ campaign by making a year-end gift to The Compassionate Friends today! Join with all those who have pledged to continue the life-changing support provided by The Compassionate Friends.

TOGETHER, we will rise to meet the challenge.


“TCF is a beacon, a lighthouse, a warm and glowing community of sharing that has helped me navigate a tragedy I can never understand. I am ever-grateful for my compassionate friends.”

– John, bereaved parent

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