The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is an organisation of bereaved parents offering support, understanding and friendship to others after the loss of a child, of any age, from any cause.

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To provide friendship and understanding to bereaved parents & families by parents who have been similarly bereaved of a child.

Services provided:

  • A national telephone helpline
  • Befriending
  • One to one support / group support
  • Postal library service
  • Informal support retreats and annual weekend gatherings
  • Online support
  • Full details please see our website

The best way to begin finding appropriate access to your support needs is via our Helpline and website.  Our Helpline also has the most up to date details about the support activities that might be available in your area.

membership costs:

No cost.  For some support activities, such as retreats, there are charges which are kept as low as possible (limited bursaries available).


Our helpline is open daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 10:00pm.


United Kingdom

Helpline number: 0345 123 2304

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