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:


  • 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 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 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.