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Join us for Tea & Cake at Fifty

It's Compassionate Friends Jubilee Year! To commemorate, throughout 2019 we are asking members and supporters of our charity to host an event - a coffee morning, bake sale, bring and share lunch - to raise funds for us so that we can continue our vital support for bereaved parents and families.

We're calling it Tea & Cake at Fifty! And you'll find 4 easy steps to planning your event at the download below or contact us at info@tcf.org.uk and we will send you our fundraising leaflet with lots of great ideas.

Download our Tea & Cake at Fifty leaflet here, and help us to continue to provide support, understanding, friendship and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.

NEW - stunning butterfly design cards for any occasion

The Compassionate Friends has produced some new cards which are for sale for charity funds.

These are high quality cards for any occasion with a stunning butterfly design. Cards are left blank inside for your own greeting.

* Single card and envelope £1.50.
* Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £5.50
* Pack of 10 cards and envelopes £10.00

All prices include postage and packing.

Booking opens for 50th Anniversary Gathering

Booking has now opened for The Compassionate Friends 50th Anniversary Gathering at Horwood Estate in the heart of the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. This special two day event for all bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents will run over the weekend of 1st - 3rd November 2019.

Join us to experience a weekend of supportive workshops, discussion groups, activities and guest speakers. There will also be plenty of relaxation and social time too. There will also be some commemorative elements at the event to mark the founding of The Compassionate Friends 50 years ago this year.

Early bird special offer

Book before 30 June 2019 and your deposit is just £40 per person to secure your place. (After this date this will increase to £60 per person).

Find out more information and book.

Book of Remembrance

Throughout December, we have created a special space on our website to host the 2018 Book of Remembrance where parents, siblings, grandparents and family and friends can post a message and photograph remembering a precious son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandchild

“… So their light may always shine …”

Our Remembrance Book is so lovely but so sad to see all these beautiful faces of beloved children and brothers and sisters. If you haven't yet written a message and/or uploaded a photo you can do so until 31st December 2018 at the link below. Or click on the picture of the book.

2018 Book of Remembrance

Sending love to all of you and remembering your precious sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and grandchildren.❤️

If you wish, please do share the link with friends and family so that they can remember too.

Thoughts from the Chair of TCF as we approach Christmas

" ...Find some space for you. Allow yourself to lean into the grief, the missing and the longing for your child. Honour them and keep them close. We don't need to pretend. Who are we pretending for? The memories of Christmas past may sustain you in Christmas present. Let them come crashing in and allow yourself a smile remembering those happy times. We need them".

Maria Ahern, bereaved mum of James and our Chair of Trustees, shares her thoughts as we move towards "the most wonderful time of the year" - the Christmas and winter festivities.

Read Maria's letter here.

Support our work

Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.

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