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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.



We want to offer a special thanks to a special woman.  

Jean O'Hare was one of the founders of The Compassionate Friends North Shore-Boston Chapter in the late 1970's. Serving in honor of her daugher, Jeannie, Jean and the other founders established a group that supports grieving parents, siblings and their families to this day.

February 16th, at the age of 95, Jean left this earth, but her good work continues.

Godspeed Jean



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 fourth Wednesday of each month.  The online video meetings are being 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 scheduled to the first Tuesday of the month.

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

The March online video meetings are scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 15th. 

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

The March in-person meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 22nd.  

COVID guidelines will be followed at the in-person meetings.  Meetings will be limited to 15 attendees and masks are optional.  

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:





Never Forgotten

by Kelly Polly Giesler


You'll never be forgotten

That simply cannot be.

As long as I am living,

I'll carry you with me.

Safely tucked within my heart

Your light will always shine;

A glowing ember never stilled,

Throughout the end of time.

No matter what the future brings,

Or what may lie ahead,

I Know that you will walk with me

Along the path I tread.

So rest my angel, be at peace

And let your soul fly free.

One day I'll join your glorious flight

For all eternity

My baby brother,

Missing you today, yesterday & forever!

Love, your sister





Susan, almost four years since you left us.

I miss you every day.

Your baby is not a baby anymore . . . 12.

She is learning how to spread her wings,

she is trying.

I know you’re watching over her.

This year has been a hard one.

Mourning you and the ones who

received your organs and joined you.

Rex had your heart for more than 3 years and

now his son will remember him.

Your friends are here for me.

You did have the best taste in friends.

I love you,



Meeting Updates


Our March 2023 chapter meetings will be held on:


Monday - 3/6/23 - 7:00 PM
 Online Video Meeting
(Email invitation to follow)
You may also contact
to request an invitation
Topic:  Sibling Panel Presentation
Wednesday - 3/15/23
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:  Navigating Other Relationships 
Our Siblings Had
Wednesday - 3/22/23
In-Person Meeting - 7:00 PM
(Meeting will be limited to 15 participants) 
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, 5/7/22

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

235 Park Street

North Reading, MA

Click here for additional information:

Spring Event

Click here for additional information:

2023 TCF National Conference