Phone -- 314.454.6101 or 314.454.2653, Casey Ratliff, Bereavement Coordinator
The Bereavement Program provides support, information and presence to the families of children who have died at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The program provides support through mailings, telephone calls, and periodic memorial and education/support events.
The Bereavement Coordinator works closely with the chaplains of St. Louis Children's Hospital. If you wish to speak with a chaplain please call the Social Work and Chaplaincy Office of St. Louis Children's Hospital at 314.454.6101.
An Interfaith Memorial Service to remember a child that has died and to support one another is also held several times each year at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Resource materials are available that address the special needs of siblings, newborn death, prolonged illness, suicide, murder and accidental death. At times, the program also expands to include pediatric bereavement support at other levels to assist the community in its effort to help the bereaved.
Annie’s Hope The Bereavement Center for Kids
http://www.annieshope.org/ or 314.965.5015
Formerly named the Bereavement Center for Young People is a community based non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to children, teens and families who are grieving the death of someone significant.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
http://www.bpusastl.org/ or 314.878.0890
Offers a newsletter and support groups. Bereaved Parents is a national self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, families and friends experiencing the death of a child.
BJC Hospice – Bereavement Camps
Stepping Stones Bereavement Camp is held in August for ages 6-12 years old.
Labyrinth Bereavement Day is for teens ages 12-18.
Weavings is a Bereavement Weekend for mothers whose child has died.
Day Break is a newly founded yearly event for couples coping with death of child.
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.
www.cbtf.org or Jessica Elder firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation’s bereavement support available to families. It includes online resource, chat room, and Family-2-Family Mentor Program.
Grief Support Program at Missouri Baptist Medical Center
http://www.missouribaptist.org/ or 314.997.5057 Mary Schrader
This program features weekly grief support groups for adults, teens and children.
Infant Death Resources
The Baby Steps website, a bereavement resource for infant death, also provides information on other resources such as National SHARE Office (800.821.6819), Sudden Infant Death Resources (800.421.3511), MISS Foundation and Honored Babies.
http://www.kidsclubhouse.org/ or 314.721.1144
Kids Clubhouse is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to children and parents as they cope with the death of someone special. A newsletter and a Spring and Fall Support Group are among their services.
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