About Us

The Compassionate Friends was founded in England in 1969 by the Reverend Simon Stephens. Through the deaths of two young boys at a hospital, their parents met, and a meaningful relationship began. Reverend Stephens saw the special way these parents were able to support each other. Concluding that they were a better support to each other that he could ever be, he worked with them to form an organization for other bereaved parents throughout the UK. In 1972 the first chapter in the United States was organized in Florida and in 1978 incorporated as a nonprofit organization.  The Compassionate Friends has now grown to over 650 chapters in the United States and has a presence in almost 30 countries around the world, making it the largest self-help bereavement organization in today.  Our Northeast Houston Chapter was organized in the summer of 2014 making us one of the newest chapters.

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 often feel 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 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.