Grief & Bereavement

When a child dies, a family’s world is turned upside down. The pain is intense and each person’s experience of grief is unique. Grief does not follow a map, and individuals may recognize many different feelings: anger, hurt, sad, scared. Children and adults will cope with grief differently, in varied expressions and at different times.

Children’s Hospital staff recognizes the pain a family endures when a child dies. No person and no words can take away the pain of loss; 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 by Children’s Hospital. The program provides keepsakes for parents and age-appropriate memory items for siblings along with counseling and support. It also supports the staff that cares for grieving families. Each spring, 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: Families who have lost a minor child (0-18 years old)
  • 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 (Someone to Always Remember)

  • Who: Families who have lost a child to cancer or blood disorder
  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Greenville
  • Contact: childrenshospitalbereavement@ghschildrens.org

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.