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The Compassionate Friends Credo

We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other with love, with understanding, and with hope. The children we mourn have died at all ages and from many different causes, but our love for them unites us. Your pain becomes my pain, just as your hope becomes my hope. We come together from all walks of life, from many different circumstances. We are a unique family because we represent many races, creeds, and relationships. We are young, and we are old. Some of us are far along in our grief, but others still feel a grief so fresh and so intensely painful that they feel helpless and see no hope. Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength, while some of us are struggling to find answers. Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression, while others radiate an inner peace. But whatever pain we bring to this gathering of The Compassionate Friends, it is pain we will share, just as we share with each other our love for the children who have died. We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but we are committed to building a future together.  We reach out to each other in love to share the pain as well as the joy, share the anger as well as the peace, share the faith as well as the doubts, and help each other to grieve as well as to grow. We Need Not Walk Alone. We are The Compassionate Friends.

©2016 The Compassionate Friends

Our Mission

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 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 nearly 700 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, that 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.

Who We Are

The Compassionate Friends of North Central MA is a non-profit, self help organization offering friendship, understanding and hope for the future to bereaved parents and siblings. Our primary purpose is to assist the bereaved in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child. We support your efforts to achieve physical and emotional well-being and provide bereavement information and education. Additionally we help the community, family, friends, employers, co-workers and professionals to be supportive of your situation.


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Meetings are held from 7-9pm on the first Thursday of the month. The first 15 minutes are set aside for signing the guest book for all in attendance. The meeting begins around 7:15 pm with a brief introduction by the facilitator, follow by a discussion on the topic for the evening. During discussions, group participation is encouraged by not required. This give everyone an opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and concerns on whatever the current topic happens to be. Often times conversations do lead off-topic and you are encouraged to bring up whatever pressing topic you feel you need to talk about. We try to end the meeting around 8:30 pm. At the conclusion of the meeting, time is allotted for refreshments and casual conversation, sharing and caring, before heading home for the evening.
The Compassionate Friends of North Central MA is proud to be affiliated with The Compassionate Friends, Inc. To learn more about the national organization, please visit The Compassionate Friends.
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About Us

Meetings are held from 7-9 pm on the first Thursday of the month. The first 15 minutes are set aside for signing the guest book for all in attendance. The meeting begins around 7:15 pm with a brief introduction by the facilitator, follow by a discussion on the topic for the evening. During discussions, group participation is encouraged by not required. This give everyone an opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and concerns on whatever the current topic happens to be. Often times conversations do lead off-topic and you are encouraged to bring up whatever pressing topic you feel you need to talk about. We try to end the meeting around 8:15 pm. At the conclusion of the meeting, time is allotted for refreshments and casual conversation, sharing and caring, before heading home for the evening.

Why Attend a Meeting ?

Often it's hard to explain to a non-bereaved parent what you are going through. Surrounding yourself with people who "get it" can dramatically help you in your grief journey.

Who Are We ?

We are a non-profit, self help organization offering friendship, understanding and hope for the future to bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings and caregivers.

What Do We Do ?

Our primary purpose is to assist the bereaved in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child.

Where Are You ?

Our chapter meets the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm in Westminster, MA.
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