Welcome to The Space Coast Chapter of
The Compassionate Friends
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!
The Space Coast Chapter of The Compassionate Friends supports grieving families who have lost a child at any age. We serve bereaved families through meetings and events in Brevard County, Florida. We serve grieving families in Melbourne, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Cape Canaveral, Palm Shores, Grant-Valkaria and beyond. You are welcome to attend meetings and events regardless of the county or city you live in.
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.
Notes from our Space Coast Chapter Leader
Ten years ago, three months after our daughter Amanda died, Bob’s cousin and wife lost their son Eric. I was driving home from Melbourne when Bob called me. He was devastated. Hard to believe that a cousin he grew up with was now starting this journey with us. Although our friendship with Gary and Peggy was always “good” we would now be connected in a way we had never anticipated nor wanted.read more
Flowers, trees filling in with new leaves, great smells—love all of it! The new life it symbolizes is refreshing and renewing. Nothing ever stays the same. ❤ Nothing ever stays the same.
That kind of says it all, right? We have our lives heading in one direction, and whoosh we are spinning around, and heading the opposite way. Most of the time we aren’t really certain what hit us.read more
Holidays are over and 2019 is here. I hate to repeat myself, but where does the time go?
Last year was a great year for me. I put into perspective so many things that had gotten askew over the past years. I’m excited about 2019—new is always good!read more
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.