The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. TCF offers support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

In TCF, “family” covers a broad spectrum of relationships. They aim to help any individual or family affected by the death of a child, including unmarried partners, adoptive parents, step families, same sex couples and single parent families.


TCF has no religious affiliation and offers support to bereaved families irrespective of the age of the child, cause of death, ethnic, social or political background.

TCF provides support in two ways:


  1. Through online support groups that address specific bereavement needs. These groups are listed separately on this website.
  2. Through local support groups. TCF local contacts provide a safe environment for bereaved parents and their families to share their experience of loss in the company of others who understand their grief. They are there if you would just like to talk, in person, by phone or by email. They can also put you in touch with other parents in your area. Please go to the TCF website to search for a local group in your area.



[email protected]

Helpline: 0345 123 2304

Helpline Hours: Daily, 365 days a year, from: 10.00am to 4.00pm & 7.00pm to 10.00pm