We understand that grieving for a child can be a lonely path. The whole philosophy behind The Compassionate Friends is putting bereaved parents in touch with each other to facilitate peer-to peer support. We are now developing our service to provide more one-to-one support especially for the newly bereaved in those areas of the country which have limited or no face-to-face support for bereaved parents.
Your grief companion/befriender will be another volunteer bereaved parent who will offer you informal support and friendship. He or she will probably be a little longer from their bereavement. They are not formally trained but will offer you an opportunity to share your grief and experiences together, to 'walk alongside' one another and to be a listening ear and an understanding 'friend'. The contact you have may be by phone, in person, email and/or Skype/Face Time - whatever suits you both.
If you would like us to try and find you a grief companion/befriender please email our Grief Companion Coordinator Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joy will ask you some questions about your loss by email or phone and what you are looking for in a grief companion and then will search for a ‘match’ for you. Sometimes it can take a little time to find a suitable companion and so please we ask you to be patient while we look for a suitable match for you.
If you would like to be a grief companion/befriender, please also get in touch – we would love to hear from you.
You would be providing informal support and friendship to another more recently bereaved parent and so we would imagine that you might be 3 or more years from your bereavement. It offers you and another parent an opportunity to share your grief and experiences together, to 'walk alongside' one another and in this way be a listening ear and an understanding 'friend'. The contact may be by phone, in person, email and/or Skype/Face Time, whatever suits you both.
This can be a way to start to volunteer with TCF and to use your experience of loss to offer support to another grieving parent who is more newly bereaved. If you feel you would like to offer support through TCF in this way please contact our Grief Companion Coordinator Joy at email@example.com to find out more.
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.