Welcome to The Compassionate Friends
Space Coast Chapter
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.
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.
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!
Notes from our Chapter Leader
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.
As I sit down to write this letter I’m still waiting for Christmas to come. This year I’m a little less apprehensive than I have been the past seven years. That’s good. However, no matter how ready I think I am, I’m still not ready for February. That’s not good.
This year I am ready for the holidays. I cannot believe it, but I AM ready. Certainly not because of anything I have done, but just the same I’m ready. Every year I wonder how I will survive the season with all of the memories and traditions. Today I realize it is those very things that have made me ready.