About Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services is a comprehensive program offering bereavement support, education, and referrals to families in the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota system after the death of their child. It is intended to give comfort and support to families for the first year and beyond.


Children are expected to outlive their parents. But when a child dies first, it does not fit into the normal rhythms of life. Bereavement Services acknowledges the profound grief that comes with the death of a child and encourages families to honor their grief and the memory of their child.

Children's staff from the disciplines of chaplaincy, psychology, social work, child life, and nursing deliver continued care through education and emotional support. Services are offered at no charge to families.


Bereavement Services was created because...

The loss of a child affects the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being of the family left behind. The fabric of the family is forever changed. As one parent stated, "When your child dies, a certain part of your own life dies. There's a lot of senselessness in that it makes you question your very existence." Life may never feel the same.

  • We are aware that the death of a child does not fit into the normal rhythms of life and can be devastating.
  • We understand that the death of a child creates a grief that is far more complicated than other losses and requires highly specialized care.
  • We recognize that grief can be a lonely experience for survivors who can greatly benefit from suitable emotional support.
  • We know that grief is a normal reaction to loss and yet it is so widely misunderstood.
  • We believe that when one is intentional about one's grief there will be healing.
  • We continue to care about your family on the journey of grief.

Contact Bereavement Services

For more information call Bereavement Services at (612) 813-7216, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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