Compassionate Friends

No death so sad

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a nationwide organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement after the death of a child or children.  We recognise, however, that there is no easy path through the pain of grief.
The death of a child No parent expects to attend their child’s funeral.  However, every year thousands of newly bereaved parents struggle to cope with the loss of their son or daughter.  They now face a future in which their family life has been changed forever.Our help is offered to all parents whose son or daughter has died at any age and from any cause, including  accident, illness, murder or suicide.


Befrienders, members of TCF, listen and share with the bereaved, providing a safe situation where they can feel free to weep and where their stories can be told, over and over again to a compassionate friend.

The Compassionate Friends

Support By visits, by telephone, by letters and monthly group meetings throughout Essex.

Support and friendship for bereaved parents and their families by those similarly bereaved

Membership is open to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings over 18 years.  Associate membership is open to other relatives, friends and professionals interested in the work of TCF.

Helpline 0117 953 9639

Publications TCF has a range of leaflets, books and booklets, mostly published within the organisation

Finance TCF is a registered charity. Costs are met through membership subscriptions, donations, grants and fundraising.

Your local contact:

Founder The Rev. Simon Stephens OBE RN

Joan & Maurice Lacey

President The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

01255 426280


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