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The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a national organisation of bereaved parents offering support, understanding and friendship to others after the loss of a child, of any age, from any cause. 

Our national Helpline is staffed by volunteers who are bereaved parents themselves and offers support and information 365 days a year. 

We also offer:

  • local support groups and local one-to-one support   
  • online support groups – both locally and for particular aspects of child loss
  • weekend retreats and gatherings
  • online talks and events for bereaved parents and their families
  • a comprehensive website and moderated online community forum
  • support in private, well-moderated Facebook groups
  • information leaflets, bereavement support publications and a unique postal library on all aspects of bereavement
  • specialist support for parents bereaved by suicide, by substance use or alcohol, road traffic incident and for parents who have lost their only child or children
  • some support for adult bereaved siblings. 

Please contact us to find out more.

Helpline: 0345 123 2304  

Hours: daily from 10.00-16.00 and 19.00-22.00


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Twitter @TCFcharityUK


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Helpline open daily 10am - 4pm and 7pm - 10pm
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