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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 September online video meetings will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 7th and Wednesday, Septemer 15th.  The in-person meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 22nd.  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:



Dear Jillian,

You lived a full life with all of its "ups" and "downs"

and I continue on that journey.

I am so blessed for the twenty years we had together.

You taught me the true meaning of love!

I miss you desperately but am grateful you are safe in God's care.

I will do my best to live well here as I wait to see you again

my dear sweet Jill.


Love Always and forever,





Dear Timothy,

It will be four years on 9/4/21 when we had our goodbyes at Endicott College, you were starting your Junior year.  It seems like yesterday, or a few hours ago, or another whole world away.  We miss you every measure of time and we long to hold you, as you were, when you were a little boy.  Our sense of time has changed since we last had those few parting words, “I’ll see you later”.  Your Mom, sister and me talk about you often, and many times it’s sad, or there are times when you are right there in the kitchen having a smile and laughing…God we miss those times. Time is now an unusual thing, not like it was before, it’s something we have had to learn how to figure out.  My watch runs differently, days it can fly by and days it hardly moves at all.  There are times it moves backward, and I get stuck thinking how you were as a child, my little boy, those days are the most special of any days.

Our time was much too short, but every day, every moment, you will live in our hearts forever. Your whole family and all your friends miss you and love you, and someday we will see each other.  I may even say, you see I was right.  I’ll see you later…and that will be a great day.  I like to think about 9/4, our last day together, we spent the whole day together, shopping for school, getting you set up.  Never in a million years or more, would anyone know that was our last day together.  I travel past those places we went to, and I can still see you coming out of Staples and saying, “OK lets go, I’ve got everything”.  My parting thought is just that, “You never know when it’s the last day together”.  Appreciate those moments, you never know…it’s time which could change the next day…like 9/5/21.

All our love forever,

Mom, Dad and Katherine



Meeting Updates

Our next chapter meetings will be held on:


Tuesday - 9/7/21 - 7:30 PM

Online Video Meeting

(E-mail invitation to follow)

You may also contact 

to request an invitation


Wednesday - 9/15/21  

7:30 PM

Online Video Meeting

(E-mail invitation to follow)

You may also contact 

to request an invitation


Sibling Online Video Meeting 

(E-mail invitation to follow)

You may also contact 

if you would like to participate

Topic:  Open Sharing Session


Wednesday - 9/22/21  

7:00 PM

In-Person Meeting

(Meeting will be limited to 15 participants)

Please contact 

if you would like to attend

Topic:  How Will I Be Feeling in the Years to Come?

Facilitators:  Tim & Dave


Click here for our 2021 schedule:

Meetings and Events

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

Event Updates

See information below for upcoming TCF events:






10 AM - 1 PM

Ipswich River Park

15 Central Street

No. Reading, MA



Click here for additional information:

Walk To Remember