Pittsburgh Chapter

The Compassionate Friends - Pittsburgh Chapter is a support community for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents. We meet once a month (usually the last Sunday of most months) to provide support and fellowship to our grieving members. If you have experienced the death of a child, sibling or grandchild, we are sorry that you happened to find our company, but you are in the right place to connect with others who understand what you are going through. Each member of TCF is a bereaved parent, grandparent, or sibling. We find solace, warmth and comfort here in the compassionate friendship of others, especially in the initial years of grieving and healing.

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Chapter News

Return to In-Person Meetings - As of now, we are intending to start in-person meetings at the church for our regular monthly meetings (last Sunday of the month), beginning with September's meeting (Sunday, Sept. 26).  We will be following the current CDC guidelines for COVID mitigation.  If more restrictive measures are recommended by the CDC and/or Bower Hill Community Church, we may have to adjust our plans, so please check this website and/or your email for ongoing communications from us.  

Butterly Release Update - Thank you to everyone who participated in our 7th Annual Butterfly Release on August 29, 2021!  The weather was sunny and hot, but at least the thunderstorms held off until later in the evening. We held a brief program, which included songs and a reading of the names of our loved ones; then, we released over 200 monarch butterflies in their memory. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Mark Franc, Jen Geis, and Ethan Zawacki, who each played a song for our program!  We are so thankful that they shared their talents with us to help make our butterfly release special and memorable for our members. We hope everyone found a bit of comfort by participating in this beautiful event. 

"Coffee Hours" - We will continue to have virtual meetings once a month to give our members the opportunity to meet and support one another on a more frequent basis.  These short, one-hour meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.  We hope that a weekday meeting may be more convenient for some of our members who may not be able to make the Sunday monthly meetings.  Check your email for invitations to these meetings throughout the year.  We hope you can join us!

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TCF - Pittsburgh Chapter Brochure

A brochure with information about the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Compassionate Friends can be found here.

If you are part of an organization that helps and/or encounters families grieving the loss of a child, sibling, or grandchild, of any age and from any cause, please feel free to print this brochure and distribute it to those who you feel may benefit from our support. 

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Next Home Meetings

  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 16

Visit our Home Meetings
for details.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Our Butterfly Release will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021, starting at 2:30 p.m, in person  at Bower Hill Community Church (70 Moffett St., Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon 15243). Our topic will be "Open Discussion / Members' Choice." Details can be found on our Monthly Meetings  page.


Meeting Calendar

Our calendar of 2021 meeting dates can be downloaded here. Copies will also be available at the welcome table at our regular monthly meetings, once we are able to meet in person again. 

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The Compassionate Friends - Pittsburgh Chapter


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