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The North Shore-Boston Chapter website is sponsored this month in loving memory of: 


March 16, 1969 – January 3, 1999


On your 51st birthday . . .

Never forgotten.

Always missed.


Love, Mom & Dad 



-The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis-


I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From the beginning...to the end

He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years


For that dash represents all the time
That they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
Know what that little line is worth


For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.


So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.


If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.


And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.


If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash
Might only last a little while


So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent YOUR dash?


Jon, I am forever grateful

to have been part of your dash.

Missing you for four long years.
~Love, Crystal


Grief Support after the Death of a Child
This website is dedicated to the memory of all of our children.

The Mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. We are a national nonprofit, self-help organization that offers friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Our meetings are open to all family members who are grieving the death of a child. There is no religious affiliation and no dues or fees.


TCF North Shore-Boston Update
Message on COVID-19

During this period of reduced gatherings, our chapter meetings will be cancelled until we can safely and effectively resume them. In place of our meetings, we have listed some options below and we are continuing to work on other options.


1) TCF Live Chats: The National TCF website offers scheduled Live Chat sessions on different days and with different topics. The details can be found here:


2) Private Facebook Groups: TCF offers several private Facebook groups facilitated by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings. They can be accessed here:


3) TCF North Shore-Boston Facebook Page: Our chapter has its own Facebook page that is active with members from our chapter. You can access it here:

TCF North Shore-Boston Facebook Page

We are in the process of implementing an online meeting forum.  Once this is established, we will notify all members regarding the format, dates and how to participate.  Updates will be posted on our Chapter Website and Chapter Facebook page.  Members will also be notified via email about the details of the online meetings.  If you have never attended our chapter meetings and are interested in participating in our upcoming online meetings, please contact our Chapter Leader, David Paul, either by phone at 978-771-6345 or by email at tcfnoshoreconnect@gmail.com 
We will plan to resume our usual meetings as soon as it is feasible. While there is no substitute for our actual meetings, we will continue to do our best to offer ongoing support.
Our next chapter meetings will at be held at 7:30 PM on:
Monday - 4/6/20
Wednesday - 4/15/20
Information on upcoming online meetings to follow
For a list of upcoming meetings click here:  Meetings 
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( In the event of inclement weather necessitating the closing of North Reading public schools, our chapter meeting will also be cancelled. )
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