The Compassionate Friends

Albany/Harold Mitchell Chapter


I am sad to inform you that James Tierney passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Jim joined the Compassionate Friends after the death of his daughter Kathy in 1982. He served as the Albany Chapter's treasurer for 31 years.  

He also served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. He was an avid runner and completed 36 marathons. Jim's funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 am at Christ the King Church in Westmere.

Jim, you will be sadly missed. Thanks for everything you did for the Compassionate Friends. You can read Jim's full obituary here. Link


I am also sad to inform you of the death of Lois Carolyn Reed Mitchell on July 5, 2022, at the age of 96. Her husband was the late Harold E. Mitchell for whom our Albany Chapter of the Compassionate Friends is named after. Lois and Harold started the Albany Chapter after the death of their daughter Elaine in 1976.

In her obituary, the family asked, in lieu of flowers, to give a "Love Gift" to our Chapter. This is a very generous gesture.

You can read Lois' full obituary here. Link

Supporting Family After a Child Dies

"Welcome to the Compassionate Friends" is not what you want to hear. If only there wasn't a need. How hard it is to come to those first few meetings. But, we hope there is some comfort in just being with other people for a little while who know first-hand the indescribable feeling of losing a child. We know our words cannot take these feelings away. But in sharing our experience, we can and do help each other move toward some level of peace in our our own way and in our own time.

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