Grief Support After A Child’s Death
After my teenage daughter died, I visited a Compassionate Friends local chapter meeting. I never went back. I wish now that I would have continued going back until I no longer needed it. I think my grieving would have been easier to understand. Maybe the depression would not have been so severe if I would have had a support network to help me know that what I was going through was normal.
So if you have lost a child or know of someone who has, this link might help. There are lots of local chapters across the nation and even online chapters. Grieving parents need support.
Please take it from someone who has been there/done that. A support network is vital. Yes there is life after the death of a child. It is not the same but it can be rewarding in its own way.
Grief Support After the Death of a Child
“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.” –Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends
The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty.
Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.
Through a network of more than 650 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.
The National Office and its staff also provide many levels of support to our chapters, as well as individual responses to those who call on the phone, contact us through our website, or send an e-mail that simply says, “My child has died. Help me!” We will be here as long as you need us. That is our commitment to you. Click here for more information.