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Evenstar Bereavement Program of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)

The evenstar is the first visible star as the day fades to darkness. It is also the symbol of renewal and hope in the dark days following the death of a child.

At Children's Hospital, we believe that the care of the family needs to continue even if the child has died. We offer support, hope and guidance to help families rebuild their lives after the tragedy.

A Time to Remember & Give Thanks Memorial Service

A Time to Remember & Give Thanks is held in the Spring and the Fall to remember and honor the children who have died in that year. The memorial service is held in Stokes Auditorium on a Sunday afternoon and includes music, readings and a slide presentation. Families are invited to include their child's picture in the slide presentation that is displayed as CHOP staff read the children’s names. The service is followed by an informal reception in the main cafeteria.

Families, friends and staff are welcome to attend this special time of remembrance. For more information about our next memorial service on Sunday, April 27, view our invitation or visit http://remembergivethanks.eventbrite.com to RSVP by April 11.

Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony & Memorial Book

Every year on the 2nd Sunday in December, we hold a candle lighting ceremony to honor all children who have died. The Evenstar Program offers this special memorial event as part of The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting®. This global event unites hundreds of thousands around the world in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. To view photos from our 2011 ceremony, visit CHOP’s Facebook photo gallery.

Families, friends and staff are welcome to join this special evening of remembrance. Families are also invited to include their child in our memorial book that is distributed at the ceremony and mailed to families that cannot attend. are invited to include their child in our memorial book. For more information about the memorial book and our ceremony on Sunday, December 14, 2014, contact us at evenstar@email.chop.edu or 215-590-3273.

If you have any questions or need additional resources, contact us at evenstar@email.chop.edu or 215-590-3273.

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