The Compassionate Friends Credo
We need not walk alone. 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.

Siblings Walking Together (Formerly The Sibling Credo)
We are the surviving siblings of The Compassionate Friends. We are brought together by
the deaths of our brothers and sisters. Open your hearts to us, but have patience with us.
Sometimes we will need the support of our friends. At other times we need our families
to be there. Sometimes we must walk alone, taking our memories with us, continuing to
become the individuals we want to be. We cannot be our dead brother or sister; however,
a special part of them lives on with us. When our brothers and sisters died, our lives
changed. We are living a life very different from what we envisioned, and we feel the
responsibility to be strong even when we feel weak. Yet we can go on because we
understand better than many others the value of family and the precious gift of life. Our
goal is not to be the forgotten mourners that we sometimes are, but to walk together to
face our tomorrows as surviving siblings of The Compassionate Friends.
Our Credo