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