Around 18,000 parents become bereaved every year.
What is The Compassionate Friends?
A heart-warming charity that guides bereaved parents along the path of recovery, The Compassionate Friends understands the suffering of the inconsolable heartbreak of losing a child. With bereaved parents offering help, support, advice, and friendship to other bereaved families, each person working for The Compassionate Friends has experienced the raw despair felt when a child in the family dies. And this first-hand experience means newly bereaved parents can receive help from others who know exactly what they’re going through.
A Little Bit of History
Founded in 1969, The Compassionate Friends began when two families who had just lost sons were introduced to each other by a hospital chaplain in 1968. In the immensity and the rawness of their grief, they discovered that they could help and support each other in ways families and friends couldn’t.
The families kept in frequent contact with each other and realised the positive effect that forming friendships with others who’ve suffered from a similar experience had on helping the grieving process. And so The Compassionate Friends was established.
The Compassionate Friends Today
As it stands today, The Compassionate Friends is the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and their families, including siblings and grandparents. With over 150 volunteers across the UK, as well as 3 part-time staff supporting the Chief Executive, the charity continues to help families cope with grief. But with a lack of government funding, the team is working on a shoe-string budget.
You have so much support when you’re having a baby but if that baby passes, you’re left with nothing.
Lack of money is the charity’s main challenge, so using fundraising schemes, such as Easyfundraising, is a way to raise much-needed funds and spread awareness. The grief of losing a child lasts a lifetime, and The Compassionate Friends wants to provide lifetime support for families affected by the death of a child. This is where donations play a huge part – and without donations – the charity is limited in the number of families they can help.
A common problem when it comes to bereavement is that there is a lack of understanding of the grief of losing a child. The Compassionate Friends aims to provide consistent support, both professionally and emotionally, to families in need.
You don’t get over the loss of a child. We walk along with bereaved parents for as long as they need.
You can make a difference to the lives of families who’ve lost a child by choosing to support the charity using easyfundraising, raising donations when you shop online.