This group can be invaluable for those of us who find ourselves in the painful situation of outliving our only child or children. We have a range of ages and backgrounds but share a common bond which brings us together. Many lasting friendships have been formed within this group, which many say becomes their new family. We also support fathers, who often find it harder to express their pain, and our retreat weekends include a special discussion group solely for fathers.
The Childless Parents’ Group provides an opportunity to meet and/or correspond with others who share our particular sadness. This can include loneliness, facing the future without our child, what to do with our child’s belongings, the pain of writing a new will, and much, much more.
The group has its own newsletter, which provides information about events such as bring and share lunches for members and our annual retreat weekend, as well as offering a valuable space for members to write about their child.
The Childless Parents’ Group also have a very active private Facebook page called simply CP Group. If you would like to join, please email Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(For those parents who lost a precious only child and then found they are expecting another baby, or who have had a child after their loss, Rainbow Babies is a Facebook page for you. This is not an 'official' TCF group, but our charity very much supports this initiative and encourages parents in this situation to join and perhaps find support and understanding around some of the issues and feelings this situation brings).
You may also find the TCF leaflet Childless Parents helpful.
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.