Grand Rapids Chapter

The Compassionate Friends
Supporting Families after the Death of a Child

A self-help support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, at any age, from any cause.

Due to the coronavirus "stay home, stay safe" edict, we have suspended monthly meeting until further notice. We will be holding on line Webex meetings until this edict has been lifted. If you would like to join the on-line meeting, please email your email address to our email below or join our closed group on Facebook for updates. Our wish is that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy!

Grand Rapids Chapter Meetings ~


Third Thursday of each month.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Community Room
134 Division Ave. N
Grand Rapids MI  49503



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, 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 they 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 the 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.

©2016 The Compassionate Friends


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.