A child’s death can be one of the worst experiences in a parent’s life. Many parents talk about the overwhelming sorrow and pain experienced after the death of their child and how their world was shattered. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss and it is necessary to heal. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to helping families who are on this painful journey by offering support, resources and hope.

Everyone grieves differently, which is why our Bereavement Program offers a variety of services to help our families begin the healing process. We have several adult support groups including an infant loss group, a group just for men and a closed Facebook group for bereaved parents. We offer an annual family memorial program that includes a children’s program to meet the unique needs of a grieving child. We also offer an annual workshop designed for children and teens grieving the death of a sibling or close family member, an annual grief conference focused on topics important to grieving families, memorial walks and other events.

To see how one mom uses a blog to express her grief while honoring and remembering her child, visit wheredoesonebegin.wordpress.com.

Nichole Schwerman, MA, CT– Nichole Schwerman, MA, CT, bereavement coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

For more information about the Bereavement Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, call 414-266-2995.


Rebuilding hope after the loss of a child — 2 Comments

  1. it was very intresting that is very good and important mental support to the mother who loss thier child and it should be save from such griefs

  2. April 25, 1992 both of my boys (ages15 & 16) were killed in an auto accident. They were our only children. I am unsure as to how I survived with my mind intact. We have been married 32 years, I am so grateful we did not divorce, although staying together and letting each other grieve as individuals was difficult. My husband and I are the only ones who know what it is like to come home to an empty home, or sit at a table with 2 chairs empty. We had no one to help us through our pain. I am so glad your hospital provides this service. November 14th is my oldest son’s birthday, I am crying as I write this. The pain level changes but will always be there, as an unwanted reminder.