For more information or if you need to talk, please call or email our Bereavement Coordinator, Chaplain Michael Fogas, 314.454.2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are
The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program exists to provide care, support and information to the friends and families of children who have died at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The death of a child is always out of order from the way that things are supposed to be. Because of this, there are unique and sometimes very challenging obstacles to deal with in the process of healing from a loss such as this. It is our hope that we can be helpful to you in your process of healing. It is important to us that you know you are not alone in the process of healing. All of us here at St Louis Children’s Hospital remain committed to caring for and supporting our friends and families who have lost a child.
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.
What We Do
With a desire to help our friends and families who have lost a child, the Bereavement Program, in conjunction with the Family Resource Center, work to make literature available that is designed to guide, inform and support those who are in the grieving process. We support our families during the first 18-months following their loss with informative mailings and telephone calls. Our Bereavement Coordinator is available to support and listen as needed and can make recommendations for local and national organizations that are currently helping families with ongoing support and regular connection in their communities.
The Love and Loss Facebook Group is a connection place for the parents, family and friends of children who have died. Connecting, supporting and encouraging others can be a central part of the process of healing. This is also a place to access and share resources that might help on the journey of coping with loss. While this is a place for those who are connected to St Louis Children's Hospital, anyone can join in the conversation. The group is managed by the Bereavement Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Simply follow the link, log in to Facebook and send us a message to Join Love and Loss.
In 2015, the Bereavement Program will sponsor four Remembrance and Healing Services on Saturday mornings (March 7, June 6, September 12 and December 5) from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. This service is a time to remember all the children who have died. It is also an opportunity to provide support to one another. The service will be followed by lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the hospital’s Edison Dining Hall, where friends and families can relax and connect over a meal (RSVPs requested) After lunch, we will split into small groups for a time of talking and listening, facilitated by some of our caring friends at St Louis Children’s Hospital, who are familiar with loss. During this time in small groups, there will be a separate activity facilitated by qualified specialists, for children of all ages. There is also a calendar of events for the year here.
On May 17, the Bereavement Program will sponsor a family picnic that will include a “Time of Remembrance” as well as food and games. This is an opportunity for a larger gathering of all those who have been touched by the life of a child who has died at St. Louis Children's Hospital, coming together in a supportive and fun environment (RSVPs requested). Details can be found here.
All of us here at St Louis Children’s Hospital remain committed to caring for and supporting our friends and families who have lost a child. If you need to talk or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Bereavement Coordinator, Chaplain Michael Fogas, BCC.