"The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again."

–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

The mission of The Compassionate Friends:

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
You Are Not Alone

When your child has died, suddenly it seems like all meaning has been drained from your life. When you wake in the morning, it’s difficult to get out of bed, much less live a “normal” life. All that was right with the world now seems wrong and you’re wondering when, or if, you’ll ever feel better.

We’ve been there ourselves and understand some of the pain you are feeling right now. We are truly glad that you have found us but profoundly saddened by the reason. We know that you are trying to find your way in a bewildering experience for which no one can truly be prepared.

The Space Coast Chapter
of The Compassionate Friends

    Our chapter is a support group of bereaved parents and families. We want to assure you that you can survive this terrible tragedy, the death of your precious child. It does not matter how old or young your child was, nor how or when he or she died. What does matter is that we care about you.
    All of us in our chapter are grieving the death of our children. We cannot change what has happened, but we are helping each other learn to cope with where we are now, and find reason to go on when we feel our world has been destroyed.
    We invite you to attend our meetings when you feel ready. We suggest that you proceed with your grieving in your own way, in your own time.
    Many people, hoping to help, will advise you to get on with your life. We know better. If you need to talk to someone who has endured a similar experience, please call us or join us.
    Try to believe you are not alone. We will help in any way we can because we truly understand.