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

Friendship, Understanding, Hope

 

The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Meeting around a kitchen table, the Lawleys and the Hendersons were joined by a bereaved mother and the chaplain, Simon Stephens, and The Society of the Compassionate Friends was born. The Compassionate Friends jumped across the ocean and was established in the United States and incorporated in 1978 in Illinois.

Each chapter, along with the supporting National Office, is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may walk through our doors or contact us. The National Office has national and regional upcoming events.

Today TCF has about 600 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam offer friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died. Around the world more than 30 countries have a Compassionate Friends presence, encircling the globe with support so desperately needed when the worst has happened.

 

The Compassionate Friends • Central Iowa Chapter

 

Our Mission

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.

Chapter Meetings

Our Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 7pm and generally last two hours.

Chapter Newsletter

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News & Events

June 2nd In Person Meeting Cancelled

Posted on May 15, 2020

If you are interested in joining other TCF members on June 2nd at 7pm on a Zoom meeting, please go to our Contact page above and fill out the form and your interest to join.

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2020 TCF National Conference CANCELED

Posted on April 24, 2020

A few weeks ago, we wrote to you to share how The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and the challenges it has presented for our national conference this summer in Atlanta, GA. Since that time, we have been watching national developments and considering the many issues surrounding our ability to hold the conference in July.

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43rd TCF National Conference UPDATE

Posted on April 16, 2020

AN UPDATE FROM THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS ABOUT OUR NATIONAL CONFERENCE FROM THE NATIONAL OFFICE

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April 7th Meeting Cancelled due to public gathering guildlines

Posted on March 20, 2020

During this hectic and uncertain time, we encourage you all to be compassionate with yourselves and others.


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43rd TCF National Conference

Posted on February 05, 2020

The Compassionate Friends National Conference is a weekend spent surrounded by other bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. It is a place where hope grows and friendships are made with others who truly understand. With inspirational keynote speakers, abundant workshops for everyone’s wants and needs, and a remembrance candle lighting program culminating with the annual Walk to Remember, this time of healing and hope is the gift we give ourselves. Join us as together we remember and share the everlasting love we have for our precious children, siblings and grandchildren.

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Worldwide Candle Lighting

Posted on November 25, 2019

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, which unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.

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