Bereavement Services

When a child dies, a family's world as they have known it no longer exists. The pain is intense and each person's journey of grief is unique. Grief does not follow a map, but is influenced by previous losses, current life situations and the support system that is available to you.

Children's Hospital staff recognizes the pain a family endures when a child dies. No one can take the pain away, however, many families have found it helpful to have support in dealing with the death of a child.

Children’s Hospital Bereavement Services were developed to provide grief support to families who experience the death of a child treated at Children’s Hospital. The program provides keepsakes for parents and age-appropriate memory bags for siblings along with counseling and support. It also supports the staff that cares for the families. Each year, Children's Hospital conducts a remembrance ceremony to remember children who have died while in our care.

In addition, we offer the following support groups:

Children's Hospital Family Grief Support Group

  • Who: Parents and caregivers who have lost a minor child
  • When: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Patewood Center (255 Enterprise Blvd., Greenville, SC29615)
  • Contact: childrenshospitalbereavement@ghschildrens.org

STAR

  • Who: Families who have lost a child that was treated at BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center
  • When: 2nd Thursdayof each month from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Fried Green Tomatoes (1175 Woods Crossing Road, #8, Greenville, SC 29607)
  • Contact: Rev. Patrick Jinks, M.Div., BCC at pjinks@ghs.org or (864) 455-5201

For more information or to RSVP for any of the support groups listed above, please contact Children's Hospital Bereavement Services by email at childrenshospitalbereavement@ghschildren.org or by phone to Rev. Patrick Jinks, M.Div., BCC at (864) 455-5201.

Click here to learn more about helping children cope with the loss of a loved one.