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

  • Support Group Meetings

    2nd Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Mar 10th, Apr 14th, 2021
    Zoom Link

    Topic: Compassionate Friends Tucson group

    Meeting ID: 873 6207 6803 Passcode: 654321
    or dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

    4th Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Mar 24th, Apr 28th, 2021
    Zoom Link

    Topic: Compassionate Friends Tucson group

    Meeting ID: 858 7715 8970 Passcode: 654321
    or dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

    Meeting Information

    We would like to start in-person meetings outside at Udall Park. Please check back here for updates or call (520) 721-8042 with any questions. We will post here on our website and Facebook when we will resume face to face meetings.

  • The 2020 TCF Steering Committee

    Disclaimer COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION: While participating in events held or sponsored by Tucson Compassionate Friends (“TCF”) “social distancing” must be practiced and face coverings worn at all times to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, 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