Compassionate Friends

Compassionate Friends

(Community Recognition Statement, 10 February 2021, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I would like to commend The Compassionate Friends NSW for the emotional support they provide to bereaved families after the death of a child.

The Compassionate Friends offer a lifeline to grieving parents, siblings and grandparents who have experienced the loss of a child. Local chapters host inclusive gatherings that foster physical and emotional health during a time of deep pain. Volunteers who understand the power of listening draw upon their own lived experience to share a genuine understanding of grief. Their 'Phone a Compassionate Friend' program extends comfort and support. The Compassionate Friends also provide resources such as books, DVDs and media articles. On a recent visit to their Sydney office I saw the invaluable printed support materials they produce for members and was pleased to help support the group through a Community Building Partnership grant for a photocopier. This practical support paired with enduring, friendship gives hope and connection to people in a time that is painful and often isolating. I thank The Compassionate Friends NSW for their commitment to the bereaved in our community, ensuring that people need not walk alone.

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