The Compassionate Friends 

Supporting Family After a Child Dies.

We are sorry you need us, but we are glad you found us...



“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”

—Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty.

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

Through a network of more than 625 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

The National Office and its staff also provide many levels of support to our chapters, as well as individual responses to those who call on the phone, contact us through our website, or send an e-mail that simply says, “My child has died. Help me!” We will be here as long as you need us. That is our commitment to you.

Time has proven that in caring and sharing comes healing. We welcome you to The Compassionate Friends — “Supporting Family After a Child Dies.” 



Kim Edmands - Chapter Leader & Meeting Facilitator

Rich Edmands - Meeting Facilitator

Kathy Grapski - Meeting Facilitator

Bob Hahn - Meeting Facilitator

Tony Koontz - Meeting Facilitator

Jackie Weakley - Treasurer & Meeting Facilitator



Need Volunteer / Chair

Kathy Grapski: Greeter / Name Tags

Barb Riley:  Greeter

Need Volunteer / Special Events

Tony Koontz: Set Up / Take Down

Kim & Rich Edmands: Set Up / Greeter



Barbara Riley & Sandy Prisak:  Co-Editors




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The Compassionate Friends Support Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Please enter through the old Preschool Entrance that faces West Patrick St. Please enter the parking lot entrance on Kline Blvd and follow around to the larger parking lot that faces W. Patrick St. (Park near the Church street sign). Our entrance faces West Patrick and Kline Blvd side of the building.


>> The Support Group is approved to meet inside of our normal meeting room beginning the August Meeting. Our topic for this month: Getting to Know Your Child.

>> This month we will be honoring our children by sharing a photo of your child, share or show something your child created or something you have created in their memory. We appreciate being able to gather inside together and thought starting


**COVID-19: Per Trinity United Methodist Church Guidelines: Masks are not required but are strongly encouraged to protect children and unvaccinated people. We will continue to follow the recommended social distancing guidelines.


Meeting Dates

 August 4 /  September 1   /  October 6 / November 3

June meeting will be held outside at the church (see note above) - hopefully we will have access to the inside of the church beginning with the August meeting.