Our Mission and Values

We offer lived experience to support people to grieve, find healing and grow through their journey of deep pain following the death, at any age and any cause, of a child, sibling or grandchild.

We live in a community where every bereaved parent, sibling and grandparent can access support throughout their grief journey.


  • We provide a safe space for bereaved people to grieve, heal and grow
  • We provide opportunities for them to share their grief journey by being emotionally aware and building a culture of genuine concern – one that is considerate, inclusive, non-judgemental and sensitive to the fragility of others
  • We support each other’s selfcare and wellbeing by having realistic expectations, sharing responsibilities and acknowledging that grief manifests itself differently for everyone


  • We respect that everyone has a different grief journey by actively listening with an open mind and respecting personal boundaries/confidences
  • We act with integrity in all our interactions with each other and all our stakeholders.
  • We honour decisions and commitments we make or are a part of so that people know we are consistent and can be trusted

Lived Experience

  • We build the capacity of our community, by assisting any bereaved person wishing to help others, by training and nurturing them as volunteers to provide support to the bereaved
  • We value and advocate for our lived experience as the foundation for the development of meaningful policy, programs and services for the wider society


  • We raise awareness of bereavement and the unique needs of parents, siblings and grandparents within the general community and broader professional sector, sharing our insights and experiences
  • Acknowledging that we are part of a global community and upholding the 7 principles of The Compassionate Friends, we create a sense of community through activities, programs and events that bring bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents together
  • We actively seek out and appreciate the views, skills and knowledge of our members, the wider community, our service partners and other organisations with whom we share a common Vision

We at TCFV believe in and work with seven important principles. Viewable in pdf format.

The Seven Principles of TCFV

The Seven principles of TCFV December 2021 pdf

The Compassionate Friends acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their customs, traditions and to elders past, present and emerging.