The Compassionate Friends

Tucson Chapter

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We're sorry for the reason you're here, but we're glad you've found us.

Dear our Tucson Compassionate Friends (TCF) family,

We have continued to follow the social distancing guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and have canceled our in-person meetings until further notice. With that said, we will be hosting our TCF meetings for the near future via Zoom.

Zoom is a virtual video conferencing platform for people to connect. You can access the Zoom application on a smartphone, tablet, or computer by clicking on the links provided in TCF emails.

Our Mission

The mission of The 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.

The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Meeting around a kitchen table, the Lawleys and the Hendersons were joined by a bereaved mother and the chaplain, Simon Stephens, and The Society of the Compassionate Friends was born. The Compassionate Friends jumped across the ocean and was established in the United States and incorporated in 1978 in Illinois.

Each chapter, along with the supporting National Office, is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may walk through our doors or contact us.

Today TCF has about 660 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam offer friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died. Around the world more than 30 countries have a Compassionate Friends presence, encircling the globe with support so desperately needed when the worst has happened.

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting Location

    We will continue to have Zoom meetings in June as the church has still not opened.  We hope to have in-person meetings again in July. Please keep checking the website and emails for updated information. The Zoom meeting information and links for both June meetings are below:

    Topic: Compassionate Friends Tucson group

    Time: Jun 10, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona
    Join Zoom Meeting ID: 873 3106 0970

    Topic: Compassionate Friends Tucson group

    Time: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona
    Join Zoom Meeting ID: 816 8953 4086

  • Annual Ice Cream Social & Remembrance


    Christ Church United Methodist at 655 N. Craycroft

    Specifics: Watch for details in future newsletters.

  • 43rd Annual National TCF (Virtual) Conference

    July 31st - August 2nd, 2020

    Location: Virtual

    Specifics: For more information

  • Steering Committee Meeting

    July 29th, 2020; 6:00 PM

    Location: TBD - watch for email with Zoom info if needed

    Specifics: Quarterly on a non-meeting Wednesday. We thank the Viscount for the donation of a meeting room. All are welcome to attend.

  • Steering Committee Meeting

    October 21st, 2020; 6:00 PM

    Location: Viscount Suites on Broadway

    Specifics: Quarterly on a non-meeting Wednesday. We thank the Viscount for the donation of a meeting room. All are welcome to attend.

  • Annual Tucson Chapter Candle Lighting

    October 28th, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.



    Specifics: See September's newsletter for more information

  • Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting

    December 6th, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Children's Memorial Park, 4875 N. 15th Place (less than a block west on River Rd past Oracle to the large Children's Memorial Park sign. Turn south through residential area to park).
    Click here for a map.

    Our Tucson Chapter will participate in the National Candle Lighting in Remembrance of all our Children at the Children’s Memorial Park off Oracle Rd. Come early and bring a jacket! You can also bring a photo or other memento to display.

    Specifics: See November's newsletter for more information

For more information about The Compassionate Friends, visit TCF's national website at