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The Compassionate Friends
North Shore - Boston Chapter

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.




During this period of reduced gatherings, our chapter meetings at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Reading will be canceled until we can safely and effectively resume them.  In the meantime, we will be holding Online Video Meetings.  The next Online Video Meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Monday, July 6th.  Members will receive an email announcement a few days prior to the meeting, asking whether they are interested in participating.  By responding YES to this email, you will then be emailed an invitation to the Online Video Meeting.  You may also request an invitation by emailing to let us know that you would like to participate.


We are also informing you that the annual TCF National Conference, which was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, GA, July 24-26, has been canceled due to COVID-19.  However, TCF has scheduled a Virtual Conference, which will be held on Friday, July 31st to Sunday, August 2nd.  Please check this link for more details:  

2020 TCF National Virtual Conference


In addition to our online chapter meetings, other support options are listed below:


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:  National TCF Live Chat Schedule


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


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 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.


Website Sponsor Messages


Our website is sponsored this month in loving memory of:





Thinking of you on your 53rd birthday!

Thinking of how you would be so

overjoyed to have a niece

and be called “Auntie Sheryl”.

Missing you every day!

Sometimes it feels like the blink

of an eye since I last saw you,

other times I know it’s 15 long years

since you passed.

I think of you when I’m quilting,

cooking, making hamburgers

and listening to “your music”.

You are constantly on my mind!


Love, Mom & Dad




We will never stop missing

your physical presence

or wondering how things

might have been,

but we will be forever grateful

for the 11 ½ wonderful years

we got to spend with you.

Thanks for the love and joy

you brought into our lives.


Love, Mom, Dad, Kelly, Dave


Meeting Updates


Our next chapter meetings will be held on:


Monday - 7/6/20 - 7:30 PM
Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)  
You may also contact to request an invitation 
Wednesday - 7/15/20 - 7:30 PM
Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)
You may also contact to request an invitation
Sibling Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow) 
You may also contact
to request an invitation

Click here for our 2020 schedule: 
Meetings & Events

In the event of inclement weather, necessitating the closing of North Reading public schools, our chapter meetings will also be canceled.

Event Updates


See information below for upcoming chapter events:






10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Ipswich River Park  15 Central Street, No. Reading MA


Click here for additional information and/or registration:

Walk To Remember


2020 TCF National Virtual Conference

7/31/20 - 8/2/20


Click here for additional information and/or registration:

2020 Virtual Conference