The Compassionate Friends is a peer support organisation offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings following the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister, at any age and from any cause.
Our primary purpose is to assist people in the rebuilding of their lives after the death of their child or sibling and to support their efforts to achieve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
The secondary purpose is to provide information and education about bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to help those in the community, including family, friends, employers, co-workers and professionals, to be supportive. This is achieved through shared experience peer support and self help. Peer Support services are based on a holistic view of mental health that recognises the importance of sharing the knowledge gained by people who have experienced the impact of mental health issues in their lives with those who are currently facing the same challenges. This forms the basis of the information, support and education delivered at TCF by specially trained volunteers, themselves bereaved parents or siblings
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