Now you can show your support for the work of our charity with our new range of Compassionate Friends merchandise.
Just in are...
All item prices include packing and postage to a UK address.
(All these items will also be available to purchase at our retreats and other events).
UPDATE on 20th June: The funeral of Joe Lawley will take place at Nuneaton Crematorium on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 2.15 pm.
UPDATE on 23rd June: Family flowers only please; donations if desired for The Compassionate Friends, may be sent to W Smith & Sons Funeral Directors, Avenue Road Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 4JT.
It is with very great sadness that we learned of the death of Joe Lawley earlier today - Monday 13 June. Joe was one of the Founder parents of The Compassionate Friends.
Joe was admitted to hospital on 3 June and his wife Iris was with him when he died.
He will be greatly missed and we send our love to Iris and their daughters at this sad time. Without them, and the other Founder members, TCF would not have existed.
On hearing this sad news, our Chair of Trustees, Dr Margaret Brearley commented: "Joe and Iris, together with the Hendersons and Simon Stephens, created TCF in 1969 – now a worldwide group of caring organisations uniquely comforting bereaved parents. Their shared companionship and informal mutual support in their overwhelming grief allowed them to turn outwards to seek other similarly grieving parents, with the result that literally hundreds of thousands of grieving parents have been given comfort and friendship – and in many countries – all this inspired by their example and their words".
Marcus presented The Compassionate Friends with a huge (literally!) cheque for over £4,500 raised by sponsorship and donations towards his amazing run for TCF. Also joining Marcus was his mum, Christina Ford, who did so much to promote the Marathon run and raise funds for our charity. Christina also runs a support group for bereaved parents in Hythe, Kent.
It was wonderful to be able to thank Marcus and Christina in person for their support, and a heartfelt thank you to everybody who sponsored Marcus on his 26 mile run through London. We are immensely grateful.
'Continuing Love – Regaining Hope' is the theme for this year's National Gathering at Sedgebrook Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire from 7-9 October.
All bereaved parents, siblings or grandparents are warmly invited to this supportive weekend away in safe surroundings with others who understand. If you have not considered coming before, do think about it this year. It is a lovely weekend together where we support one another, share our memories and talk about how we really feel in the company of others who share and understand our pain. If you are more recently bereaved or have not been before, we try very hard to look after you and make sure you feel comfortable and supported. We cry, we laugh, and we can let our 'mask' slip for a while and relax among 'friends' who get it.
“A lovely weekend spent focussing on all of our beautiful, amazing children”.
“ I leave so incredibly nurtured and supported and feeling just that bit stronger and better able to keep going”.
The Compassionate Friends UK has a new private
Facebook group for any parent whose son or daughter has died at any age,
and from any cause. The group is called LOSS OF A CHILD. Your loss can have been just a short time
ago or many years previously – all of you are warmly welcome.
We hope this new group will offer you support, encouragement, some hope and friendship. We hope to offer the opportunity to share our experiences and pain, some of the difficulties related to the loss of a child, things that may have been helpful to us on this journey, and anything else that you are feeling since your child died and want to share, get feedback on, or just because you need to give words to what is in your heart and mind.