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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 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 being held on the third Wednesday of each month and are limited to 15 participants.  We are currently holding our bi-monthly online video meetings on the first Monday and the fourth Wednesday of each month.  

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

The December online video meetings are schduled for 7:30 PM on Monday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 22nd. 

The December sibling online video meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 15th.  

The December in-person meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 15th.  

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:




In memory of our dearest Nicholas

14 years without you,

your smile and your hugs

has been a struggle,

but we know you are keeping

an eye on all of us

and that makes each day

a little bit easier.

Love you, miss you . . . forever

Dad, Mom, Holly and family



In memory of Jimmy

It's sometimes hard to know why

some things happen as they do

for so much Joy and Happiness

was centered around you

It seems so hard to comprehend

that you're no longer here

but all the HAPPY MEMORIES

will help to keep you near

You're thought about with pride JIMMY

with each mention of your name

death cannot change a single thing

the LOVE will still remain

Love, Your Family & Friends


Meeting Updates


Our next chapter meetings will be held on:


Wednesday - 12/6/21 - 7:30 PM
 Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Wednesday - 12/15/21
In-Person Meeting - 7:00 PM
(Meeting will be limited to 15 participants) 
if you would like to attend
Topic:  Facing the New Year
Facilitators:  Tim & Dave
Sibling Online Video Meeting - 7:30 PM
(Email invitation to follow) 
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Topic:  Honoring Our Loved Ones Throughout the Holidays 
Wednesday - 12/22/21 - 7:30 PM
 Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)
You may also contact
to request an invitation

Click here for our 2021 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:





6:30 PM


 This year's Candlelight Service will be a virtual event and will include 

music, readings and a slide show

of our children, grandchildren and siblings.


Click here for additional information:

Candlelight Service