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 scheduled four Remembrance and Healing Services.  Due to the onset of COVID 19 we were only able to host the service for March 7, 2020.  Services for June 6, September 12, and December 6, 2020 are cancelled.  At this time of COVID 19 safety remains our concern.  No further services are scheduled in 2020.  For questions please contact the Bereavement Coordinator, Chaplain Jonell Calloway at 314.215.7213.  

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.