Bereavement overview

Bereavement Services offers support, education and referrals to families in the Children’s Minnesota system after the death of their child. We acknowledge the profound grief that comes with a child’s death and encourage families to honor their grief and the memory of their child.

Our programs are intended to give comfort and support to families during the first year and beyond. 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.

Our resources for families

Children’s Bereavement Resources booklet
Download Children’s grief resources booklet, which includes information about adult grief and your children’s grief, making memory for children and teens, creating meaningful rituals and legacies, the first days following the death of a child, and how to know if you need counseling.

Bereavement Support Groups
Support groups provide a place for family members to talk about their child in a safe setting, connect with other people to get and give support and offers reassurance that their grief is a normal reaction to their deep sense of loss.

Bereavement bibliography
View a list of recommended bereavement resources for all ages and family members grieving the loss of a child.

Multicultural support organizations list
Different cultures and ethnic groups express grief and the support the grieving in different ways. We recognize that receiving support from one’s own community can be important to families. See a list of organizations families have recommended.

Tributes from families
Many families find it supportive and hopeful to create a tribute for loved one who has died. Read a few tributes submitted by families and learn how to submit your own.

Children’s Annual Memorial Service
Children’s Memorial Service is an annual event for families, dedicated to honoring the lives of children who have died within the Children’s Minnesota system.   This meaningful service is held once yearly in the spring.  The program typically includes readings, music, and remembrance of each child during a candle-lighting and slide-show ceremony.  The service ends with a butterfly release.  For more information, please contact Children’s Bereavement Services at [email protected] or 612-813-7216.

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