Bereavement Program

We are sorry for the loss that may have brought you to this page. Grief is an incredibly challenging and isolating part of life. The bereavement team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia would like you to know that you are not alone and that your relationship with Children's Hospital does not have to end when your child dies.

Our team hopes to provide support in various ways, giving insight and reassurance throughout your grief process. For some, an explanation on what to expect in grief may be helpful. For others, recommendations on books, tips for talking with children about grief or connection to local resources is what's important. Please explore the linked resources below and if you need additional support finding a resource for your family, please contact us.

The Bereavement Program is supported through gifts made by the Justin Ingerman Foundation, which established the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care. The Center is committed to providing clinical and psychosocial care to children and their families who have serious or life-threatening illnesses. The Bereavement Program at CHOP sits within the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care.

Get Free Grief-Processing Activities for Children

BRITE Boxes Bereavement Resources Inspiration Therapeutic Education (BRITE) Boxes were created to support children and teens after the death of someone they love. There are three BRITE Boxes geared to different age groups (3–6 years old, 7–11 years old and teens). Each is designed to meet developmental needs for children and teens with activities that provide therapeutic and emotional support. Included in the box are descriptions and guidance for each item and ways the activities can be used to help cope with grief and to honor and remember loved ones. Our hope is that these boxes will add an extra layer of support as you and your family navigate coping with grief.

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