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 following the death of their child. Children’s staff, from the disciplines of spiritual care, psychology, social work, child life, nursing, and medicine, work together to care for bereaved families using education and emotional support resources. 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, grief education and events

At Children’s Minnesota we recognize how valuable it can be for bereaved families to have a variety of resources available to them while on their grief journey. Please read about these helpful sources of support, education, and connection.

Children’s Minnesota Annual Memorial Service
Children’s Minnesota hosts an annual event for families dedicated to honoring the lives of children who have died within the Children’s Minnesota system.

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 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.


Resources for children experiencing grief during COVID-19


Talking with children about organ/tissue donation

Tips for explaining cremation to kids/teens


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