Bereaved parents support network, The Compassionate Friends, is opening a Kiama Chapter to bring friendship, understanding and support to grieving parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a child.
“Hundreds of bereaved parents around NSW volunteer with us, they receive training and use their own grief to help others who have lost a child to suicide, accident or disease.
“Our model of support is based on the belief that only parents who have experienced the trauma of losing a child can offer the sort of compassion and understanding needed. People meet to learn from each other through shared experiences.”
The Compassionate Friends is a non-religious, non-profit organization that has been supporting Australian families through deep sadness after the death of a child for almost 40 years. There are 27 groups operating in NSW.
The Kiama Chapter will be run by local resident, Denise Adams, who was a member of The Compassionate Friends many years ago after her daughter died.
“In the initial stages of my grief the support of The Compassionate Friends was really helpful and I now want to give back by reinvigorating this kind of support in Kiama and the broader Illawarra region,” she says.
The Kiama support group will initially meet monthly.
Details: All welcome to a public meeting to introduce the new Kiama Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, Thursday 6 August, 10am. Meeting Room of the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Manning St.
For more information or to speak with a compassionate friend, call Denise on 0408 360 034.