North Shore-Boston Chapter


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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.


Meetings and Events


Online video chapter meetings are held on the 1st Monday and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM.  Sibiling online video chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM.  

In-person chapter meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at:

Aldersgate United Methodist Church
235 Park Street (Route 62)
North Reading, MA

*When the meeting date falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held on an alternate date. Please check the meeting schedule.

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

Our meetings are open to all bereaved parents whose children have died at any age from any cause. You are welcome to attend, no matter how much time has passed since your child has died. Siblings and grandparents are also welcome. If you are uncomfortable attending alone, feel free to bring a friend or relative to support you.

Our meetings usually consist of sharing sessions facilitated by bereaved parents who are further along on their grief journey. We sometimes select a specific topic to start off our group discussion, but our discussions are not limited to that particular topic. We try to meet the needs of everyone who attends the meetings. 


We usually begin each meeting by introducing ourselves and our children, siblings or grandchildren who have died. We try to give everyone an opportunity to share personal experiences and feelings related to the death of their loved one, but no one is required to speak. Sometimes it is helpful just to listen.

Our meetings offer a safe place for us to talk about our feelings with others who truly understand. In order to ensure the comfort and trust of our members, we adhere to the following ground rules:

  • Please be respectful of the other members of the group.
  • Please refrain from judging or criticizing others.
  • Please avoid side conversations with others while a member is speaking.
  • Please silence all cell phones during the meetings.
  • Please treat what is shared at the meetings as confidential.

Feel free to come a little early or to stay for a while after the sharing session to browse through our lending library. Refreshments and opportunities to converse with individual members are also available after the meetings. No two meetings are the same. It is best to try to attend a few meetings before deciding whether or not The Compassionate Friends will help.

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2023 Meeting and Event Schedule




Wednesday, 11/29/23

7:00 PM

In-Person Meeting   

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Topic:  Journaling to Cope With Grief                       

Monday, 12/4/23

7:00 PM

Online Video Meeting

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Topic:  Open Sharing Session                        

Sunday, 12/10/23

6:30 PM


Wednesday, 12/20/23

Online Video Meeting - 7:00 PM  

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Topic:  Open Sharing Session


Sibling Group Online Video Meeting 7:30 PM  

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Topic:  Self Care After a Loss                       

Wednesday, 12/27/23

7:00 PM

In-Person Meeting 

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Topic:  Open Sharing Session