ABOUT US

 
 
OUR HISTORY     TCF MISSION STATEMENT   THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS CREDO 
The Compassionate Friends was founded in Coventry, England, in 1969, following the deaths of two young boys, Billy Henderson and Kenneth Lawley, the previous spring. Billy and Kenneth had died just three days apart in the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital where Rev. Simon Stephens was Assistant to the Chaplain. Simon mentioned Billy's death to Iris and Joe Lawley, and the Lawleys decided to send flowers to Billy's funeral. They signed the card simply, "Kenneth's parents," realizing that the Hendersons would know who they were.
 
 
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.
 

The Compassionate Friends 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.