The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a national organisation of bereaved parents offering support and understanding to others after the loss of a child, of any age, from any cause.  Our national Helpline is staffed by volunteers who are bereaved parents themselves and offers support and information 365 days a year. 


The Compassionate Friends also offers

  • a comprehensive website and moderated online community forum
  • local and specialist support groups and one-to-one support,  many of our support groups have moved online and are held via video conferencing during the pandemic 
  • 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 


Helpline: 0345 123 2304  

Hours: daily from 10.00-16.00 and 19.00-22.00



Email:    [email protected]