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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
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
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“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 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.
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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.
We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other with
The children we mourn have died at all ages and from many different causes, but our love for them
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
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
We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but, we are committed to building
WE NEED NOT WALK ALONE. WE ARE THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS.
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