Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | August 12, 2013

8-12-2013 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks With Georgia Cockerham of The Compassionate Friends About Bereavement After the Death of a Child

The Compassionate Friends logoThe Compassionate Friends is a bereavement support organization dedicated to helping family members cope after the death of a child.  Their mission statement says, “When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.”

The organization was founded 40 years ago by a chaplain working in Warwickshire Hospital in England when he introduced two bereaved families after the deaths of their children.  The chaplain, reverend Simon Stephens, and the two families found that talking to one another helped.  The organization was born, and has now grown into an international bereavement support network.  It came to the United States in the 1970s and now has more than 650 chapters operating in every state of the country.

Georgia Cockerham is Vice President of The Compassionate Friends, and the founder of The Compassionate Friends Northwest Coast chapter based in Brookings, Oregon and serving Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Georgia speaks eloquently about the loss of her own son Zach and about The Compassionate Friends helped her.

To learn more about The Compassionate Friends or to locate chapters and support meetings visit their website at  To learn more about The Compassionate Friends Northwest Coast Chapter and/or to contact Georgia Cockerham for information or speaking engagements visit their website at


The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”
–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

To listen to Kathleen’s conversation with Georgia Cockerham click the following link.  To download the show go to the Entries RSS link in the META menu at the right of the page.    

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