The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. We offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.
In TCF, “family” covers a broad spectrum of relationships. We aim to help any individual or family affected by the death of a child, including unmarried partners, adoptive parents, step families, same sex couples and single parent families.
TCF has no religious affiliation and offers support to bereaved families irrespective of the age of the child, cause of death, ethnic, social or political background.
We respect the privacy of all those who come to us for support and offer a confidential service.
53 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1EN
0845 123 2304 (helpline) 0845 120 3785 (office)
Helpline open every day, 10am - 4pm, 7pm- 10pm. Office open Monday - Friday. 9.30am - 5pm .
Who is it for:
a nationwide self-help group of bereaved parents offering support and friendship to families similarly bereaved of a child of any age and from any cause.
If they wish to pay a membership subscription - £25 per household per annum.
How to apply:
self-referral or professionals, eg. GP's social workers, teachers, relatives, friends. Referral by telephone, letter, e-mail, fax