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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 and/or name 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.

Our next memorial service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. For more information, view our invitation. If you have any questions, contact us at evenstar@email.chop.edu or 215-590-3273.

Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony & Memorial Book

Every year, on the 2nd Sunday of December from 7 – 8 p.m., we invite all families whose children have died to join us in our observance of The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® .

Our ceremony is held outside the Abramson Pediatric Research Center and focuses on lighting candles as CHOP staff read the children’s names as their photographs and/or names are displayed during a slide presentation. To view photos from our 2011 ceremony, visit CHOP’s Facebook Page. Families, friends and staff are welcome to join this special evening of remembrance

Our ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, from 7 – 8 p.m. Whether or not families can attend the ceremony, families are invited to include their child's photo, written tribute and/or name in our memorial book that is distributed at the ceremony and mailed to families unable to attend. For more information, view our invitation. If you have any questions about the memorial book or our ceremony, contact us at evenstar@email.chop.edu or 215-590-3273.

Grief Support & Resources

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

 

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