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The Compassionate Friends
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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 third 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 fourth Wednesday of each month.  Sibling online video meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month.

The October 2021 online video meetings will be held at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 27th.  The sibling online video meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20th.  The in-person meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 20th.  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:



Remembering Daniel Noah Fine

 on the 23rd anniversary of his passing

We remember our son and brother Danny for his nurturing way-

caring for other people's feelings, for his uncompromising honesty,

sincerity, generosity, and sense of fairness.

He strove for perfection in everything he did,

whether rowing on his college's crew team, academics, or work.

He experienced a spiritual maturing during the early months of his illness

when he thanked us, his parents, for giving him life.

He faced his illness with extraordinary courage and dignity,

never complaining or expressing anger or asking, "Why me?" 

He would have been a wonderful father and we lost the promise of

how much more he had to offer as a human being.

Although his life was far too short, we will love him forever.

Always in our hearts and minds.

Mom, Dad, Aron and Rebecca




Dear Timothy,

10/27/1996 is your day of birth, it will always be a Miracle Day for me and your mom.

Our last letter together, spoke of our last day together and this letter I would like to talk about our first day together. It is a miracle, after 10 years of medical treatments, your mom was never giving up until you showed up at the hospital. I remember that day, Mom went to the doctor, got an ultrasound, and brought home your photo as though you were posing for the camara. We could see your chubby cheeks and there was even a bit of a smile. You showed up the next day on 10/27, looking exactly like your ultrasound photo, smile and all.

I cannot express the joy, love, and happiness from that first moment when I saw you and held you in my arms. Your Mom and I could not take our eyes off you as you slept in our arms, it was a miracle. We did not think of all the years, all the miles traveled from one doctor to the next, that did not matter, what mattered was we had our Timothy Christian finally. This day, your birthday, has always been more important to us than you know, and will always be a miracle day.

Every birthday for the last 10-15 years, I would give you a model car and write that year on the car. I still do that and have a collection since your passing, on a special shelf unit I made for them. Some people may think it’s unusual, but it’s my way to recognize that miracle day, your birthday, and I will do it this 10/27 and for as long as I can. Our first day together as it has been said… “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. Our love, joy and friendship will always be in our hearts. We miss you and love you, especially on this miracle day…your birthday, our first day together, 10/27/1996.



Mom, Dad and Katherine


Meeting Updates

Our next chapter meetings will be held on:


Monday - 10/4/21

7:30 PM

Online Video Meeting

(E-mail invitation to follow)

You may also contact

to request an invitation


Wednesday - 10/20/21

7:00 PM

In-Person Meeting

(Meeting will be limited to 15 participants)

Please contact

if you would like to attend

Topic:  Anger / Guilt / Regrets / Forgiveness

Facilitator:  Carmen


Wednesday - 10/27/21

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

Click here for our 2021 schedule:

Meetings and Events

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