Bereavement program overview

When someone we love dies, we grieve. Grief is a normal response to a loss, and children and adults who are grieving benefit from receiving support throughout their grief journey. The services we offer are tailored to help guide each person through the loss of a loved one. Below you will find links to support groups, education and events for children and teens experiencing grief, as well as support for adult family members experiencing grief.

Bereavement services at Children’s Minnesota offers families support, education, and opportunities to connect and interact with others experiencing similar losses. All of our services are free of charge and open to any family in the greater community – those seeking support do not need to have had Children’s Minnesota care to access grief resources.

Free resources we provide include:

  • Support groups
  • Special events
  • Education
  • Referrals to grief resources in the community

Support for families grieving the death of a child

Children’s Minnesota offers bereavement support services to families who have experienced the death of a child during “childhood” (preterm birth – approximately age 25). Support is available to the whole grieving family, including parents or guardians, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Additionally, we collaboratively work with Allina Health to serve parents and families grieving a perinatal loss.

Support for children and teens who are grieving

Children’s Minnesota offers bereavement support services to children and teens and their families grieving the death of a loved one – including youth who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, cousin, friend, classmate, or any other special person in their life.

Additional support programs

Children’s Minnesota offers multiple memorial events, workshops and support groups for all family members, regardless of where they received care.

For more information or to register for a support group or event, please contact Bereavement Services at [email protected] or 612-813-7216.

Bereavement resources for families

Bereavement bibliography – A list of recommended bereavement resources for all ages.

Talking with children about organ/tissue donation.

Tips for explaining cremation to kids/teens.