January 29, 2016  marks the 47th anniversary of The Compassionate Friends worldwide. You can read our story:  "The Story of The Compassionate Friends.".


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We thought of you today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought of you yesterday
And will tomorrow, too.
We think of you in silence
And make no outward show,
For what it meant to lose you
Only those who love you know.
Remembering you is easy
We do it everyday.
It's the heartache of losing you
That will never go away.

~ Author unknown


Pekin Chapter Website: www.tcfpekin.com   
Pekin Chapter E-mail: tcfpekin@yahoo.com
Pekin Chapter Voice Mail Number: 309-352-6000 

National Website: www.compassionatefriends.org 

The Compassionate Friends: 
 
Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child 
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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." 
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–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends 
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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. 
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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. 
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Through a network of more than 650 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades. 
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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. 
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The Pekin Area Chapter of The Compassionate Friends meets at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of every month at 600 South 13th Street, Pekin Illinois 61554 (basement of the Pekin Hospital). 
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Our meetings are open to all family members who are grieving the death of a child. There is no religious affiliation and no dues or fees. There are free brochures, helpful literature and a free monthly newsletter. 
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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. 
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Time has proven that in caring and sharing comes healing. 
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We welcome you to The Compassionate Friends. 


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