For more information or if you need to talk, please call our Social Work and Chaplaincy Department 314.454.6101 and ask for the Bereavement Program Coordinator. 

Who We Are

The St. Louis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program is led by Chaplain Jonell Calloway who serves as Bereavement Program Coordinator, assisted by other chaplains and bereavement program coordinators within some units. To reach the program coordinator please call 314.215.7213.

What We Do

Our goal is to assist families who have lost a child at the hospital.  In conjunction with the Center for Families Resource Library, literature is selected that will guide, inform and support families experiencing grief.  We support our families during the first 12 months following loss with mailings and telephone calls.  Our bereavement coordinator provides support through listening presence, compassionate care, and referrals to local and national organizations that are currently helping support families through their loss.


Memorial Services:

In 2020 the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program, sponsored by the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation will host four Remembrance and Healing Services.  The dates are March 7, June 6, September 12, and December 6, 2020.  Services are held on Saturday at 10:30 am, Third Floor Auditorium at the hospital.  We believe that remembering the gift that children were to parents, families, and community is a benchmark for healing to begin.  These services are also an opportunity for families to meet other grieving families, support one another and an opportunity to make connections for the journey ahead.  The services are followed by a light lunch in the hospital’s Edison Dining Hall where family and friends can relax, connect and continue their healing journey.  At this time of COVID 19 these dates are subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital through its bereavement program remains committed to care for, support, and journey with families long after the loss of a child.  Those needing to talk or have questions may reach out to the bereavement coordinator Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.