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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.




Since April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our chapter has been holding bi-monthly online video meetings in lieu of our in-person chapter meetings.  As of January 2021, we added one in-person meeting per month to our meeting schedule.  The in-person meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month and are limited to 15 participants.  We will continue to hold our bi-monthly online video meetings on the first Monday and the third Wednesday of each month.

The August online video meetings will be held at 7:30 PM on Monday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 18th.  The in-person meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 25th.  COVID guidelines will be followed at the in-person meetings, including wearing masks and keeping socially distant.  An email invitation will be sent to members prior to each meeting.  You may also request an invitation by emailing to let us know that you would like to participate.


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


Website Sponsor Messages

Our website is sponsored this month in loving memory of:




You left us fifty-two years ago, Gale, and we have always felt that void in our lives!

Maybe it is because you were our only daughter, but we think it is just part of losing a child!

With all these years that have gone by, we also feel very blessed despite losing our daughter.

It took lots of time and grief work for us to get to that point.

We are blessed with three sons and their wives and five beautiful granddaughters!

So, to all those bereaved parents out there, we just want you to know that, for us, we got to a point to look for those positives and to be open to them and to have hope!

Those are our wishes for parents suffering the death of their child.

We love you, Gale!

Mom and Dad




 From the day you could speak you roared

Angelic curls and a smoky voice

From the day you took flight you soared

Landing only when forced, never by choice

When death chooses one so vibrant and bold

It seems to mock our reason to be

But lif and death could never hold

Nor extinguish the power of Bri

 Love you always,

Mom, Dad, Erin and Eden

Chapter Meeting Updates

Our next chapter meetings

will be held on:



Monday - 8/2/21 - 7:30 PM

Online Video Meeting

(Email invitation to follow)

You may also contact 

to request an invitation


Wednesday - 8/18/21 - 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

if you would like to participate

Topic:  Open Sharing Session


Wednesday - 8/25/21 - 7:00-8:30 PM

In-Person Meeting

(Meeting will be limited to 15 participants)

Please contact 

if you would like to attend

Topic:  Family Dynamics

Facilitators:  Dave & Tim


Click here for our 2021 schedule:

Meetings and Events

In the event of inclement weather, necessitating the closing of 

North Reading public schools, our in-person chapter meetings

will also be canceled.