November 30, 2022
We need not walk along.
We are The Compassionate Friends.
We reach out to each other with love,
with understanding, and with hope.
The children we mourn have died
at all ages and from many different
causes, but our love for them unites
us.  Your pain becomes my pain, just
as your hope becomes my hope.
We come together from all walks 
of life, from many different
circumstances.  We are a unique
family because we represent many
races, creeds, and relationships.
We are young, and we are old.  Some
of us are far along in our grief, but
others still feel a grief so fresh and
so intensely painful that they feel
helpless and see no hope.  Some of us
have found our faith to be a source
of strength, while some of us are
struggling to find answers.
Some of us are angry, filled with guilt
or in deep depression, while others
radiate an inner peace.
But whatever pain we bring to this 
gathering of The Compassionate
Friends, it is pain we will share, just as 
we share with each other our love for
the children who have died.
We are all seeking and struggling to 
build a future for ourselves, but we
are committed to building a future
together.  We reach out to each other
in love to share the pain as well as
the joy, share the anger as well as the 
peace, share the faith as well as the 
doubts, and help each other to grieve
as well as to grow.
We need not walk alone, 
We are The Compassionate Friends.