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"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 

Offering Understanding, Friendship, and Hope
to Bereaved Families
We are sorry for the reason you are here, but we are glad you have found us. The purpose of The Compassionate Friends is to have a safe place to share our experiences with each other so we can learn healthy ways to deal with our loss and to figure out how to integrate this new reality into our lives. While our lives have been forever changed, we have learned that it is possible to have joy again – although it may not seem like it right now.
We are here to offer you hope that things do get better.

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 member 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.


Next 2016 Candle Lighting Committee Meeting

September 14th at 6:30 PM:
Please consider sharing some of your time and talent -

We are meeting at Mark's parents-Frank & Kit Danihers community room in Bonita Springs. Below are detailed directions on how to get there.
Enter Bonita Bay at the main gate on US 41 which is the traffic light at Terry, north of Bonita Beach Road. (If coming from the North, do not take the first entrance to Bonita Bay on your right). Go to the light, enter Bonita Bay's main entrance. You will need your driver’s license and tell the guard you are going to visit the Danihers in BayView; you will be issued a pass. From the guard gate, go straight 6 stops signs. Turn left at the 6th sign which is Island Pond Ct. (If you cross a little bridge, you just passed Island Pond Ct.) At the first high rise on left, BayView 2 4801, turn left and park in the lot. Our building has two entrances, go to the left (south entrance) the entry code to be let in is 8981. Take the elevator to the community room on the second floor which is the L level. If you are delayed or having any trouble getting in the building, call Kit on her cell, 370-3475.
Mark's parents, Frank & Kit are hosting this event at their clubhouse: 4801 Island Pond Ct. Bonita Springs, FL 34134 



If you are a member (or a friend) of a family that has suffered the death of a child, The Compassionate Friends is here to help you and provide support for the family. Feel free to contact TCF's National Office at 877-969-0010 (or email You will always hear a friendly voice on the other end of the line.

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