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January 2021: Due to Government restrictions it is unlikely that Compassionate Friends face to face group support meetings and in person support will be currently running. However, many of our local support groups have moved online and many of our local volunteers are also offering 1:1 telephone and email support during this time. For details of support in your local area call our Helpline on 0345 123 2304 or email us.

We are also running a range of one-off online specialist support groups. Find details here.

Please see details of all our support here.

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Specialist National Contacts

There are specialist national contacts in the following areas of loss. These volunteers are all bereaved themselves and can offer support and understanding around particular types and causes of loss. If you would like to make contact with these specialist supporters please ring our Helpline on 0345 123 2304 or email for more details.

National Bereaved by Suicide Support Team

Organ Donors Specialist Contact

Grandparents whose child has died, leaving a grandchild

Grandparents whose grandchild has died

Bereaved by Drug or Alcohol Use

Telephone contact for Bereaved Fathers who would prefer to speak with a man

Bereaved by Road Traffic Incident

Parents who have lost a child with Disabilities and/or Complex Needs


Local Support Contacts

Local support Contacts listen and share with the bereaved. Parents can feel a great relief as they talk about their son or daughter – the way he or she died, his or her place in the life of the family - feelings they may find difficult to express elsewhere.

Our local Contacts provide a safe environment for bereaved parents and their families to express themselves in the company of others who understand their grief. They are there if you would just like to talk, in person, by phone or by email. They can also put you in touch with other parents in your area.

Support Group Meetings

Many of our volunteers run local support group support meetings where bereaved parents can talk and share together in a private and safe place with others who truly understand what it means to be a bereaved parent. If you feel a group could be helpful for you, do call our Helpline on 0345 123 2304 for more details for your nearest group or email us.

International Liaison

TCF have support Contacts in over 30 countries. If you are seeking help outside the UK please email Margaret Brearley at info@tcf.org.uk and if possible she will try to put you in touch with someone. Find out about international support here, too (go to the foot of the page).

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