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:

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:

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.