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

Candlelight Remembrance Service Summary -Our annual memorial service was held on Sunday, December 11, 2022 in the sanctuary of Bower Hill Community Church for our TCF parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family members, and friends.  Family members hung ornaments on our tree in memory of their children, siblings and grandchildren, and families also brought pictures of their loved ones to display. Everyone was invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones, and to gather afterwards to enjoy cookies baked by TCF member, Dolly DeNelle. It was a wonderful way to remember those we love during the holiday season! A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to everyone who participated in our program, especially Joseph Franc (vocals), Mark Franc (piano), Jen Geis (flute), Laura Lockard (harp), and Ethan Zawacki (trumpet), who shared their exceptional musical talents with us! 


Handling the Holidays  – Some advice for getting through the holidays while grieving the death of a loved one can be found here and here. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need extra support as the holiday season continues.  We are here for you!


New website coming soon – We will be moving to a new website server within the next few months so please be on the lookout for an email from us with information regarding this move.  This may entail a new IP address so if you have this website bookmarked, you will need to delete it and then bookmark the new one.  Details will follow soon.

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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

  • January 19
  • February 9
  • March 16

Visit our Home Meetings
for details.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023, starting at 2:30 p.m.  Our topic will be "Ask in a Basket." Details can be found on our Monthly Meetings  page.


Meeting Calendar

Our calendar of 2023 meeting dates can be downloaded here. Copies will also be available at the welcome table at our regular monthly meetings.

Monthly Meetings

The Compassionate Friends - Pittsburgh Chapter


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