About Us

Welcome New Members, making the decision to come to your first meeting may be one of the hardest thing to do. But you have nothing to lose and much to gain. Try not to judge your first meeting as to whether or not Compassionate Friends will work for you. The second, third or fourth meeting might be the time you will find the right person-or just the right words spoken, that will help you in your journey. There is no religious affiliation. Our meeting is open to everyone.

Since 2000, the Roanoke Valley Chapter has provided grief support to countless families with the goal of a positive resolution of grief following the death of a child. Our Chapter has monthly support group meetings, quartly newsletters, volunteer telephone friends, a free lending library of grief materials, a chapter Facebook page, chapter website and special events honoring the memory of our children. All chapter work is performed by a group of dedicated member volunteers in honor of their children, siblings, or grandchildren who have died. There is no religious affiliation. Our meeting is open to everyone.The chapter is governed by a voluntary steering committee. There are no dues or fees of any kind. The Compassionate Friends relies entirely on voluntary contributions from individuals, (Love Gifts) community organizations & businesses for its operational funding.

The Compassionate Friends Credo

We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. We reach out to each other with love, with understanding, and with hope. The children we mourn have died at all ages and from many different causes, but our love for them 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, creeds, and relationships. 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 they feel helpless and see no hope. Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength, while some of us are struggling to find answers. Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression, while 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 the children who have died. We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves, but we are committed to building a future together. We reach out to each other in love to 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.