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The Compassionate Friends is a national self-help, mutual assistance organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents and their families. Our two-fold mission is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive.

The Mohawk Valley Chapter is one of more than 698 chapters in the United States; the National Office is in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Compassionate Friends has no religious affiliation. The chapter has no employees; member volunteers who work in honor of their children, siblings, or grandchildren who have died fill leadership roles.


There are no individual dues or fees of any kind. The Compassionate Friends depends entirely on voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses and philanthropic community. The Compassionate Friends is a 501© non-profit organization; all donations are tax-exempt.