The Compassionate Friends

Tucson Chapter

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The Compassionate Friends Origins

The Compassionate Friends was founded in Coventry, England, in 1969, by Rev. Simon Stephens, Assistant to the Chaplain in the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. Simon had noticed that the intensity and duration of parental grief was much greater than that of others who lost loved ones. He brought together two couples whose children had died at the same time, hoping they might comfort and support one another. In time, the two couples reached out to other grieving parents, and The Compassionate Friends was founded.

Origins of TCF Tucson Chapter

On August 25, 1976 a small group of Tucson parents whose children had died founded Parents Who've Lost Children. Its purposes were to offer comfort and hope to newly bereaved parents and to help the community understand the grief of families following the death of a child.

Through the dedication and hard work of its early members, PWLC gained a presence in Tucson, helping hundreds of newly bereaved parents find their way through their loss and providing education to the public by speaking to groups and through media coverage. In 1987 PWLC became the Tucson Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

We are grateful to all those who have kept the group going through the years, being here for the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters, and grandparents who have needed this unique organization.