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.

Today TCF has about 660 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

Little Footprints

Posted on September 03, 2018

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, Amanda the Panda Center for

Grief and Loss, along with Kunzler Studios and the Least of These Foundation, want to
pay tribute to families that have experienced perinatal and infant loss.

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Alan Pedersen and the Angels Across the USA Tour

Posted on September 03, 2018

The Angels Across the USA Tour 2018, is all about hope, featuring the message and music of Alan Pedersen.

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2017 Annual Community Candle Lighting

Posted on October 29, 2017

Please join the Compassionate Friends and Mercy Medical Center  for the 16th Annual Community Candle Lighting.

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Project 52 Adopt a Family 2017 Fundraiser

Posted on October 29, 2017

Mark Your Calendar for the 12th Annual Adopt a Family Holiday Fundraiser
Friday, November 10 2017 from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

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Amanda the Panda Fall Support Group

Posted on September 11, 2017

Join Amanda the Panda starting November 6th for their fall support group.

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Upcoming Events

Posted on May 25, 2017

There are a few upcoming events for our chapter.

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Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services

Posted on December 04, 2016

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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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Mercy's Walk to Remember

Posted on October 02, 2016

Join Mercy Perinatal Hospice and Bereavement programs have this annual event dedicated to babies who die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death – as a part of the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October. The walk also symbolically joins people nationwide who are working to raise awareness of perinatal grief and ensure sensitive care is given to parents who experience the death of a baby.

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Little Hands at Hamilton’s

Posted on August 25, 2016

Little Hands at Hamilton’s is a grief program especially for children held periodically throughout the year. 

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Annual Balloon Release Ceremony

Posted on July 25, 2016

We will have a program of reading and music before the balloon release with refreshments following. 

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Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services

Posted on November 19, 2015

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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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Mercy's Walk to Remember

Posted on October 11, 2015

Mercy Perinatal Hospice and Bereavement programs have this annual event dedicated to babies who die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death – as a part of the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October. The walk also symbolically joins people nationwide who are working to raise awareness of perinatal grief and ensure sensitive care is given to parents who experience the death of a baby.

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