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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 month in loving memory of:




In Memory of Timothy

It is 6 years since we had a final ‘see ya later’ at your college on Labor Day. Who would have ever thought that was our last minute together. A lot has happened since that day, and I thought I would let you know some of the things we have done In Memory of Timothy:

Your final resting place is just down the road in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, we all go there to have time with you, and I always talk to you about many things over the last 6 years, I appreciate you listening to all of us.

Endicott College has a granite bench gifted by your Class of 2019, it overlooks the water fountain in the pond, I often go there and leave a green bracelet with your name on it from the college.

There is a Memorial Brick on the Endicott walkway along the pond, In Memory of Timothy, Class of 2019.

St. Peter’s church in Harwich also has a Memorial Brick in the garden, In Memory of Timothy, along with one for Besa (grandmother) and her parents and her brother.

The Ipswich Country Club has a plaque on the sixth hole “Another Day in Paradise” In Memory of Tim. We go there and plant flowers on 9/5 and then we go to the Agawam diner for breakfast just like you did with the Green’s Crew on many mornings.

I put up a skateboard/cross near the area where this all started In Memory of Timothy, with the inscription ‘You Will Always Be A Gull’ as noted by Endicott President-Doc Wylie.

Your old BFN (Be F…ing Nice) sign-off is often used on items: Boats, Bikes, Scooters, anywhere I think you might get a kick out of your old hash tag In Memory of Timothy.

We have a life size poster of you (photo from Endicott while you were out on the trail) in the kitchen. It has caught a few folks by surprise, but it’s nice to see your smile greet us in the morning, noon, or night.

We miss you every day, and on your angel day of 9/5, the ‘In Memory of Timothy” moment will be stronger than ever. You will always be in our hearts and prayers, we love you, and one day we will have that smile together like we did when we said ‘see ya later’…



Mom, Dad and Katherine


Chapter Meeting Updates

Our October 2023  chapter meetings

will be held on:



Tuesday, 9/5/23 - 7:00 PM

Online Video Meeting

(Email invitation to follow)

You may also contact 

to request an invitation

Topic:  Open Sharing Session 

Facilitators:  TBD


Wednesday - 9/20/23 - 7:00 PM

Online Video Meeting

(Email invitation to follow)

You may also contact

to request an invitation

Topic:  How Grief is Affected by Seasonal Changes

Facilitator:  TBD


Sibling Online Video Meeting - 7:30 PM

(Email invitation to follow)

You may also contact

if you would like to participate

Topic:  Dealing With Other Family Members' Grief


Wednesday - 9/27/23 - 7:00 PM

In-Person Meeting

Please contact 

if you would like to attend

Topic:  Open Sharing Session

Facilitator:  TBD


Click here for our 2023 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.