Welcome to The Space Coast Chapter of

The Compassionate Friends

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The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit, self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and families. The purpose is to promote and aid parents and families in the positive resolution of the grief experience upon the death of their child and to foster the physical and emotional health of bereaved parents and surviving children. Some chapter meetings are in church facilities, but no religious creed or affiliation is involved. There are no dues and no one is required to talk at any meeting. Listening is okay!

The Space Coast Chapter of The Compassionate Friends supports grieving families who have lost a child at any age. We serve bereaved families through meetings and events in Brevard County, Florida. We serve grieving families in Melbourne, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Cape Canaveral, Palm Shores, Grant-Valkaria and beyond. You are welcome to attend meetings and events regardless of the county or city you live in.

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TCF Space Coast Chapter Meetings

Please visit our meeting page to learn more about meetings are like.

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A Note From Our Chapter Leader

If you are newly bereaved, we want you to know you are not alone. Click here to read a letter from our Chapter Leader.


Vision Statement

“Everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.”

You Are Not Alone

When your child has died, suddenly it seems like all meaning has been drained from your life. When you wake in the morning, it’s difficult to get out of bed, much less live a “normal” life. All that was right with the world now seems wrong and you’re wondering when, or if, you’ll ever feel better.

We’ve been there ourselves and understand some of the pain you are feeling right now. We are truly glad that you have found us, but profoundly saddened by the reason. We know that you are trying to find your way in a bewildering experience for which no one can truly be prepared.

Notes from our Space Coast Chapter Leader

Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies

Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies

When I heard that my heart was touched forever, in a good way. What a perfect time to hear that, year number eleven with Mandy gone. My beautiful butterfly.

I remember how we used to approach February Fifth… with great sadness, possibly anger, and totally lost. The first couple of years we made plans for the day, so we were prepared for the heartache. As time passed, we tried other approaches. To be honest not much really worked.

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New Normal

New Normal

Ten years ago, three months after our daughter Amanda died, Bob’s cousin and wife lost their son Eric. I was driving home from Melbourne when Bob called me. He was devastated. Hard to believe that a cousin he grew up with was now starting this journey with us. Although our friendship with Gary and Peggy was always “good” we would now be connected in a way we had never anticipated nor wanted.

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Spring is Coming ~ Thank you Steven Curtis Chapman

Spring is Coming ~ Thank you Steven Curtis Chapman

Flowers, trees filling in with new leaves, great smells—love all of it! The new life it symbolizes is refreshing and renewing. Nothing ever stays the same. ❤ Nothing ever stays the same.

That kind of says it all, right? We have our lives heading in one direction, and whoosh we are spinning around, and heading the opposite way. Most of the time we aren’t really certain what hit us.

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The Mission of 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.