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We know that support groups are not for everyone. But why not give it a try and see why it’s not unusual to hear people who attend one day say, “The Compassionate Friends saved my life.”

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Grief Support After the Death of a Child

The death of a child is one of the most devastating life experiences. There is no way to prepare a family to cope with this tragedy. Parental and
sibling grief is intense, long-lasting and painful. Mothers and fathers are often isolated and alone, having little knowledge of the grief experience.
Family and friends frequently feel helpless and uncertain of how to offer support which compounds the family's sense of isolation.


The Compassionate Friends grew out of this need to help breaved parents and siblings. First established in the United States in 1972, TCF is a self
help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings. A secondary purpose of The Compassionate Friends is to
provide grief-related information and resources which will enable bereaved parents and siblings as well as those who love them to better
understand their painful journey through the grief experience.

 
A Safe Place 

“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

 
Meeting Information

The Compassionate Friends Houston West has merged with the Katy Compassionate Friends group that meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm), except December. Meetings are held at Kingsland Baptist Church on Kingsland Blvd..

See calendar at left for future meetings & agenda

The church address is 20555 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450.

For map, click on "helpful links" at left.

When you come to a meeting of The Compassionate Friends, we ask that you attend at least three meetings before you decide if the group is for you. For many... the first meeting may also be the first time they’ve been able to talk about what has happened to them, their family and to their child. This can bring a lot of emotion to the forefront. Emotion which seems to disappear over the months as you talk about your loss. Don’t worry, we’ll bring the tissues. Tears are a natural release for a grieving person and is a way to release stress due to grief.

If you’re shy or unable to talk about your loss, you do not have to speak, although you will have the opportunity. Some people believe it’s harder to talk in front of strangers about something so intimate as the loss of a child, but because everyone else at the meeting has had a similar experience, they understand much of what you are feeling and you will eventually reach a comfort level with those you meet. A point to always keep in mind is that what is said in the meeting stays in the meeting. The privacy of our members is important. We’re all there to work toward healing. It may be hard for you to believe, but occasionally you will hear laughter. This is not a dishonor to any child. Rather it is often a reaction to a wonderful memory of a child.

 Our Credo

We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other with
love, with understanding and with hope.

The children we mourn have died at all ages and from many different causes, but our love for them
unites us. Your pain becomes my pain just as your hope becomes my hope.

We come together from all walks of life, from many different circumstances. We are a unique family because we represent many races and creeds and relationships. We are young, and we are old. Some
of us are far along in our grief, but others still feel a grief so fresh and so intensely painful that we
feel helpless and see no hope.

Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength, while some of us are struggling to find answers. Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression,while others radiate an inner
peace. But whatever pain we bring to this gathering of The Compassionate Friends, it is pain
we will share, just as we share with each other our love for our children who have died.

We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but, we are committed to building
a future together. We reach out to each other in love to share the pain as well as the joy, share the anger as well as the peace, share the faith as well as the doubts, and help each other to grieve
as well as to grow.

WE NEED NOT WALK ALONE. WE ARE THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS.

 
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