The following links and resources are provided to assist you on your grief journey. These include links to the National TCF website as well as links recommended to us that bereaved families have found helpful.  Please contact us if you find a link inactive or incorrectly re-directed.

National Compassionate Friends Resources

To the Newly Bereaved

The Compassionate Friends brochures

National Conferences

Worldwide Candle Lighting

Chapter Locator

Online Support Community

We Need Not Walk Alone, TCF National Magazine

Memorial Book

TCF Webinars

“After a Child Dies” video:

Chapter Locator:

Grief support orgs:

Spanish Language TCF/USA site:

Other Helpful Links

Open to Hope

Grief Toolbox


TCF Closed Facebook Pages

Grief Music Resources

This is just a sampling of some music that parents/siblings have indicated as meaningful to them (Some of this music is of a spiritual/religious nature)

Below are links to YouTube videos. YouTube videos come and go. Some of the links below might be broken. To find a version of these or any other songs just do a search for the title and at least part of the artist’s name in the YouTube search box ( Also keep in mind that some of these videos come with commercial beginnings and some videos might have a video display that might be disturbing to some. This is true of "Broken" which depicts an automobile accident at the end of the video.

Precious Child -- Karen Taylor-Good
(Worldwide Candle Lighting Video by Compassionate Friends)

Precious Child – Karen Taylor Good – Song Lyrics

Classical Music

Adagio for Strings, op.11 : Samuel Barber

Death of Ase: Edvard Grief

Pie Jesu (Requiem): Gabrielle Faure

Popular Music

Angel: Sarah McLachlan

Angels in Waiting: Tammy Cochran

Broken: Lifehouse

Can You Hear Me When I Talk To You
– Ashley Gearing

: Celine Dion

Forever: Vertical Horizon

From Where You Are: Lifehouse

Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill

God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You

How Come The World Won’t Stop Spinning – Anastacia

I Believe
: Diamond Rio

I Believe – Brooks & Dunn

I Hope You Dance: Lee Ann Womack

If I Could Be Where You Are: Enya

Life Ain’t Always Beautiful – Gary Allan

One More Day: Diamond Rio

One Sweet Day: Mariah Carey and Boyz to Men

The Promise: Tracy Chapman

Tears in Heaven: Eric Clapton

When I Get Where I’m Going: Brad Paisley

Who You'd Be Today: Kenny Chesney

Wind Beneath My Wings: Bette Midler

You Raise Me Up: Josh Groban

You'll Be in My Heart: Phil Collins

Christian-Themed Music

Before The Morning – Josh Wilson

Come To Me
: Kari Jobe

Dancing with the Angels – Monk & Neagle

Heaven is the Face
– Steven Curtis Chapman

Held – Natalie Grant

: Mercy Me

I Can Only Imagine: Mercy Me

Love Has Come – Mark Schultz

Save A Place for Me
– Matthew West

Wish You Were Here
– Mark Harris

Alan Pedersen
(This website gives information on Alan and his music)

Poetry and Grief

Poetry, whether reading someone else’s poems or writing your own, is often a very personal thing. Below are some links to online poetry on child loss, most of which was written by parents or other caregivers. We’ve also included some sites that give basic information on writing your own poetry.


Bereavement Poems

Poems/Songs/Lyrics from Atlanta TCF web site

Poetry for the Heart

Poetry and Thoughts from The Ped-Onc Resource Center

Poems on Death, Dying and Grief


Writing Poetry

Poetry Writing
(Information from The site is primarily for school children but has some good basic information)

Approaches to Writing Poetry
(From This is a British site which gives very detailed information on writing poetry)

Poetry Writing Tips
(Some great tips on writing poetry. Also available in pdf version)


How to Read Poetry When Your Teacher Assigns It for Homework
(You may not be in school any more but this is a great guide to reading a poem)

Reading Poetry
(Another guide for students but helpful for anyone)

How to Read a Poem Out Loud
(This page comes from the Library of Congress and is a great tool in learning how to read poetry out loud)

Writing, Journaling, Scrapbooking
and Blogging

Heartlight Studios (Mitch Carmody)
(A place for processing your grief, asking questions about the journey, or just writing about your loved one, sharing their life and your loss)

The Grief Blog
(Learn, cope, share, heal)

Grief Journaling
(Basic information on journaling)

Good Grief: A Scrapbook Journey Through Loss and Healing
(An excellent sample of a journal/blog on grief)

Journaling: A Powerful Tool for Grief and Difficult Life Transitions

Managing Grief Through Journal Writing
by Kathleen Adams
(Journaling essentials)

Digital Scrapbooks, Photo Memory Books