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Compassionate Friends National Office

Last Update:6/29/2018
Contact:National Office
Address:PO BOX 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
County:Entire State
Phone:(877) 969-0010
Toll Free:(877) 969-0010
Fax:(630) 990-0246
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.
Program Description
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation and no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome.

TCF operates as separate entities in at least 30 countries around the world. Role of Local Chapters:
  • Regular meetings of local chapters provide a caring environment in which bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents can work through their grief with the help of others who have “been there.” Monthly, more than 17,000 attend chapter meetings.
  • Outreach is provided to more than 182,000 bereaved family members and professionals each month through chapter newsletters, websites, Facebook Pages, special programs including regional conferences, concurrent walks, phone calls, letters, e-mails, and personal visits.
  • Educational information on grief following the death of a child and the work of TCF is provided to the community through publicity, speaking engagements, and the distribution of materials.
Local chapters can be found:

Programs Available:
  • Online Support
  • Grief Support for Siblings
  • Grief Support for Grandparents
Founded in England in 1969, TCF was established in the United States in 1972, with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit incorporation in 1978, under which provision the organization’s more than 640 local chapters also operate.
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As a matter of policy, About Special Kids does not specifically endorse any of the resources contained on our website or in our information packets. Resources are supplied for information purposes only and ASK recommends that families explore all options for assistance before making an informed choice.