• "Healing takes courage, and we all have courage,

    even if we have to dig a little to find it." ~ Tori Amos

To The NEWLY Bereaved
When your child has died, suddenly it seems like you are all alone and no one understands what you are going through. Getting up in the morning, remembering things or performing simple tasks may be difficult. You may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster and wonder how you are going to survive. The most important thing we can say to you right now is YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Who Are We?

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, grandparents and siblings.

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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.

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What Are Meetings Like?

We support your efforts to achieve physical and emotional well-being and provide bereavement information and education.

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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.

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  • “ I had no idea how I would ever be able to survive and carry on some kind of normal life and care for my teenage daughter. It was such a comfort to walk into that first meeting and see all those people who had traveled this road, and somehow they were coping, and some were even smiling. And so began my journey out of the blackness and into the light, with people who understood and gave me the courage to live and even enjoy life again. ”

    Elaine R.Bereaved Mom since 1981
  • “ the first time I walked into a TCF meeting, I felt like I was wrapped up in a warm blanket. A blanket of love, support and understanding. Two years later the blanket is even warmer. ”

    Gail N.Bereaved Mom since 2013
  • “ When I went to my first TCF meeting I was so nervous about having lost my daughter and talking about it. That nervousness went away the minute I walked in the door of a meeting. Whether you choose to speak or not, they understand what it is like to lose a loved one. You immediately feel like they will be like a close family and will support you in your time of grief. ”

    Dawn M.Bereaved Mom since xxxx
  • "I didn't speak for the first YEAR I attending meetings. But at every meeting there was at least one person who said something that I totally related to, which made me fell like I wasn't crazy and more importantly not alone. Now, 10 years later, I hope that I can be that person who says that one thing that a newly bereaved person can grab on to, relate to and know they are not alone in their grief journey."

    Jody P.Bereaved Mom since 2006

About Us

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.

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If you have any question, please contact us without hesitation. We will reply you as quickly as we can.

Online : Contact Us

Phone : (978) 786 - 5014

Email : info@tcfncm.org

National: compassionatefriends.org

Regional Coordinator: Dennis Gravelle

Regional Contact: dgtcf@aol.com