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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, grandchild or sibling. There is no religious affiliation and no dues or fees.





Since April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our chapter began holding bi-monthly online video 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 fourth Wednesday of each month.  The online video meetings are held on the first Monday and the third Wednesday of each month.  If the first Monday of the month happens to be on a holiday, that meeting will be re-scheduled to the first Tuesday of the month.

Sibling online video meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.

More detailed information about our upcoming chapter meetings can be found below in the Meeting Updates column. 

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 December in loving memory of:





Dear Jillian,

I love and miss you so much.

Recently I am remembering

the joy you had playing in the fall leaves

on a beautiful sunny day

and it reminds me to appreciate

moments of joy in this life.

Losing you to this life crushed me

but through my continued

connection to you,

finding community who

understands my pain,

and by the grace of God,

I got up again.

I walk each day knowing I am not alone

and each step brings me closer to you.


Love, Mom 




In memory of our beautiful Julia:

If I should go tomorrow

It would never be goodbye.

For I have left my heart with you,

So don’t you ever cry.

The love that’s deep within me,

Shall reach you from the stars,

You’ll feel it from the heavens,

And it will heal the scars.



Mom, Bob, Josh, Brie, Claire & Evie


Meeting Updates


Our December 2023 chapter meetings will be held on:


Monday - 12/4/23 - 7:00 PM
 Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Topic:  Open Sharing Session
Wednesday - 12/20/23
Online Video Meeting - 7:00 PM
(E-mail invitation to follow)
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Topic:  Open Sharing Session 
Sibling Online Video Meeting - 7:30 PM
(Email invitation to follow) 
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Topic:  Self Care After a Loss
Wednesday - 12/27/23
In-Person Meeting - 7:00 PM
if you would like to attend
Topic:  Open Sharing Session

Click here for our 2023 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 TCF events:





Sunday, December 10, 2023

6:30 PM

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

235 Park Street

North Reading, MA


Click here for additional information:

Candlelight Service