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Compassionate Friends

About

A child's death is devastating. Parents are inconsolable. Siblings experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Devastated grandparents are in shocked disbelief. We provide highly personal comfort, hope and support to help families grieve, cope and heal.

Real Life

Reeling from the sudden death of our three-year-old son Blake, desperate for anything that might ease the pain, my husband Jeff and I had decided to visit a support group for parents whose children had died - The Compassionate Friends.

At that long-ago meeting, mothers and dads sat in a circle and one by one recounted the details of their child's death. Before my turn came, I excused myself to go to the ladies' room. And I never came back. Jeff found me sitting on the floor in the hall, sobbing. "I can't take this! It's making things worse!" I cried. Finally I ran from that building never looking back.

Time passed before I mustered the courage to go to another Compassionate Friends meeting, but this time I stayed. I listened, learned, shared, and healing started as hope finally returned to me. In time, Jeff and I started a chapter of The Compassionate Friends and became leaders of the group. Reaching out to other bereaved parents, offering hope to the hopeless helped us heal and go on with life. I received and gave hugs and, if we cried, it was always okay. I would do whatever I could to spread hope to as many hurting people as I could, in memory of a husky little blond-haired, brown-eyed boy, who changed my life forever . . . A Grateful Parent
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Every year thousands of "Pats and Jeffs" find their way to Compassionate Friends meetings and begin their lifelong road to healing.