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

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

  • Support Group Meetings


    2nd Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    In-Person:

    Christ Church United Methodist
    655 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711

    4th Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    In-Person:

    Christ Church United Methodist
    655 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711

    Information about meetings

  • Spring Remembrance Event

    April 23rd, 2022; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Location: Christ Church United Methodist 655 North Craycroft Road

    Specifics: We will have ice cream, fellowship, and an opportunity for you to write and send a note to your child(ren), sibling(s), and/or grandchild(ren). Would love for all to bring a photo or memento to put on our sharing table. Please label the photo with the name of your child, grandchild, or sibling. RSVP by April 9 so we have a rough idea of numbers to (520) 721- 8042 or send an email. However, if you forget to RSVP, you are still welcome to attend.

  • 45th Annual National TCF Conference

    August 5th - 7th, 2022

    Location: Houston, TX

    Specifics: For more information and to reserve your hotel room.

    The TCF National Conference will be held August 5-7, 2022 in Houston. One aspect of the conference is the "Memory Boards". There are rows of these large boards where chapters or individuals can post a picture of their child(ren), grandchild(ren), or sibling(s). In the past there have also been boards where photos of memorial tattoos can be placed. The size limit for each lost loved one is 8x10 and can be a single photo or collage. Some choose within that size limit to include a photo and a write up about their child. If you would like a photo to be posted for you please send as you want printed to compassionate.friends.tucson@gmail.com or kendependents@cox.net by August 1 or bring to meeting on July 27.

    Memory books are kept by the national branch of TCF with the names of the children, grandchildren, and siblings who have passed. These books are then displayed at the annual conference each year. If you would like your loved one(s) remembered in this way please send the name(s) along with the birthdate(s) and remembrance date(s) to Sara@compassionatefriends.org.

  • Disclaimer From the 2021 TCF Steering Committee


    COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION:

    While participating in events held or sponsored by Tucson Compassionate Friends ("TCF") please stay up to date on the most recent CDC Guidelines. COVID-19 is extremely contagious, and TCF has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, however, TCF cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19. By attending this event, you voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance to this event.

    Specifics: See the most recent newsletter for more information.

For more information about The Compassionate Friends, visit TCF's national website at www.compassionatefriends.org