~~ TCF 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 a 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.



Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. 

Meetings are held at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Bigger Rd. and Wilmington Pk., Kettering, Ohio. We serve Dayton, Middletown, and the surrounding areas. (While our meetings are held at a church, there is no religious affiliation with our organization.) Each meeting has a topic, but discussions sometimes lead to other grief related areas. If you want to attend but don't think the topic is relevant for you, please come anyway. We are here for YOU and will listen to whatever you need to share :)

The Compassionate Friends is a non - profit international organization.

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.

Our local Miami Valley Chapter is a participating chapter of the National Organization.  Their information can be found by visiting their site at: CompassionateFriends.org

In addition, there is a chapter locator site to see which local chapter is closest to you. Chapter Locator Link: Local Chapter Locator

About Our Meetings

Meeting times and events are on the Events/Schedule Page in the calendar.

Our meetings are open to all family members (age 13 and older) who are grieving the death of a child, sibling, or grandchild. There is no religious affiliation and no dues or fees. There is a free chapter lending library with over 100 books available and a free monthly newsletter. We offer a safe place for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings to meet and talk freely about your child and your grief issues. No one is required to speak, but non-judgmental listening is expected.