Dear Friend,

I want you to know that the way you are feeling today – alone, lost and sad beyond measure, I have also felt, and still feel many times.

However, I also want you to know that this awful all-consuming grief may lessen as time marches by. Will it ever be completely gone? I think not. You will smile and laugh again, and I want to share that with you.

But right now, you can feel none of that joy and hope. Our group is here to walk with you on your journey-picking you up just like you will pick us up along the way. The next step for you is the hardest – joining us for the first time at one of our meetings. I promise you will be greeted with open arms, and we welcome you to share your inner feelings, which we will honor and never share outside the meeting. Or you can sit and listen.

I want to make that step as easy as possible. If you feel any uncertainty, please call me before you come. I would love to talk to you, listen to you, and make sure you feel welcome to our group. I am available anytime. I am so sorry that you are going through this, but so glad you found us. Please join us! Call me at 321-442-3540. Let’s talk!

Love,

Mary Lane

Chapter Leader

You Are Not Alone

When your child has died, suddenly it seems like all meaning has been drained from your life. When you wake in the morning, it’s difficult to get out of bed, much less live a “normal” life. All that was right with the world now seems wrong and you’re wondering when, or if, you’ll ever feel better.

We’ve been there ourselves and understand some of the pain you are feeling right now. We are truly glad that you have found us but profoundly saddened by the reason. We know that you are trying to find your way in a bewildering experience for which no one can truly be prepared.

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The Mission of Compassionate Friends

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

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Meeting Times

We meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Visit our meeting page for times and locations.

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Events

Our local chapter has monthly luncheons as well as annual events to help you connect with other families.

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Resources

The Compassionate Friends offers many resources to families who have lost a child. 

The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit, self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and families. The purpose is to promote and aid parents and families in the positive resolution of the grief experience upon the death of their child and to foster the physical and emotional health of bereaved parents and surviving children. Some chapter meetings are in church facilities but no religious creed or affiliation is involved. There are no dues and no one is required to talk at any meeting. Listening is okay!