The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a national peer support charity of bereaved parents, adult bereaved siblings (aged 18 and over) and grandparents offering support and understanding to others after the loss of a child from one month old up to an adult child and from any cause.  Our national Helpline is open 365 days a year from 10 am – 4 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm on 0345 123 2304 and always answered by a bereaved parent who is here to listen and empathise


The Compassionate Friends also offers

  • a comprehensive website and moderated online community forum
  • local and specialist support groups and one-to-one support.
  • a befriending scheme where the newly bereaved are ‘buddied’ by a volunteer longer-bereaved parent (Grief Companion Scheme)
  • group support via social media in private, well-moderated Facebook groups
  • information leaflets, bereavement support publications and a unique postal library on all aspects of bereavement
  • support for adult bereaved siblings is also available  



Email:    [email protected]