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