|The Compassionate Friends of
|The mission of THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS is to
assist families in the positive resolution of grief
following the death of a child and to provide
information to help others be supportive.
|The Compassionate Friends is a national self-help group of bereaved parents and
siblings, with over 600 chapters in the United States. We can't take away your pain;
we can't do your grieving for you, but we can offer HOPE. Some of us are new in our
grief and some of us are far along on our journey to heal. We come from all walks of
life, from different circumstances. We are a non-sectarian group, comprised of many
races and creeds. We are young and we are old. We invite you to join us at our
monthly meetings. NOTHING is required of you, we have no dues or fees, you need
not speak one word if you don't wish to. We offer a safe place for the bereaved to heal
and to grow, to beam again; a place to be accepted and understood, to cry, to laugh
and to talk openly about your child.
We welcome you.
|YOU NEED NOT WALK ALONE
|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 and 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 we 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.
|This website is
dedicated to our
son, Douglas K.
Jackson (14 years
|For problems or questions regarding this web contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 30, 2015