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The death of a child of any age, from any cause, is a shattering experience for a family.  
When a child dies, where does a family turn for the emotional support 
they will need during the grief journey that lies ahead of them?

We need not walk alone~we are The Compassionate Friends.

A non-denominational international self-help, mutual assistance organization offering, 
friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and their families
who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause.



Our Mission

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief
following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive.



Meeting Information

The Rockland County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends meets
on the third Tuesday of every month.

Monthly meetings starting at 7:30 P.M. are held at:

The River Church
(Formerly Neighborhood Alliance Church)
253 Ehrhardt Road
Pearl River, NY 10965

Rockland Chapter (845)398-9762

Email Us

Directions

Meetings are open to parents, grandparents and adult siblings
 of children who have died at any age or from any cause.  



OUR CREDO

WE NEED NOT WALK ALONE.
WE ARE THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS.

WE REACH OUT TO EACH OTHER WITH LOVE,
WITH UNDERSTANDING AND WITH HOPE.

OUR CHILDREN HAVE DIED AT ALL AGES
AND FROM MANY DIFFERENT CAUSES
BUT OUR LOVE FOR OUR CHILDREN 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 AND CREEDS.

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 WE FEEL HELPLESS AND SEE NO HOPE.

SOME OF US HAVE FOUND OUR FAITH
TO BE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH;
SOME OF US ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND ANSWERS.

SOME OF US ARE ANGRY, FILLED WITH GUILT
OR IN DEEP DEPRESSION;
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 OUR CHILDREN.

WE ARE ALL SEEKING AND STRUGGLING
TO BUILD A FUTURE FOR OURSELVES,
BUT WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING THAT FUTURE
TOGETHER AS WE REACH OUT TO EACH OTHER IN LOVE
AND 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.






***TCF Meeting tonight, January 21, 2014 is CANCELLED Due to the storm***

December 17, 2013
7:00 pm
The River Church
Pearl River, NY 10965








GOODBYE

by Lionel Ritchie

I wanted you for life,
you and me in the wind
I never thought thereíd come a time
that our story would end.
Itís hard to understand,
but I guess Iíll have to try
Itís not easy...to say...goodbye.

For all the joy we shared
all that time we had to spend
Now if I had one wish,
Iíd want forever back again
to look into your eyes
and hold you when you cry
Itís not easy...to say...goodbye.

I can remember all those great times we had
There were so many memories,
some good, some bad
Yes and through it all
those memories will last...forever...

Thereís peace in where you are
Maybe all I need to know
And if I listen to my heart,
Iíll hear your laughter once more.
And so Iíve got to say
Iím just glad you came my way...
Itís not easy...to say...goodbye.




More about our chapter



The Compassionate Friends
National Office
P.O. box 3696
Oak Brook, IL
(877) 969-0010
National Web Site





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