Bereavement Support Groups

Parent and Guardian Support Group


Penn State Children's Hospital welcomes you to participate in a support group for parents and guardians who have experienced the death of their child. This group was formed through the efforts of several parents working in partnership with staff members from the Children's Hospital. It is an opportunity to meet, share, and support one another. Please call 717-531-0003, ext. 282131, to learn more about upcoming groups. 


Cardiac Patients

Families of pediatric cardiac patients who have died may contact Warren Smith for current information on support services in their local communities.  For more information, please call 717-531-8343

Compassionate Friends

A national organization that offers support to families who have lost a child at any age, from any cause.   Compassionate friends has more than 600 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico.  For more information, or to find a chapter location near you, call 1-877-969-0010 or visit

Highmark Caring Place

The Caring Place provides family-centered peer support to children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services are provided at no cost to families. The Caring Place offers services in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Warrendale/ Cranberry region of Pennsylvania.  For more information in the Harrisburg area, call 1-866-613-4673 or visit

Olivia's House

Olivia's House is an organization that offers grief education and support to children and families in York County.  Services are offered at no cost to children and young adults who have experienced a loss.  For more information, call 717-699-1133 or visit

Pathways Center for Grief and Loss

This program of Hospice of Lancaster County offers support through groups focusing on specific losses, individual or family consultation, special bereavement opportunities, and resources to help people on their grief journey. Caring professionals with expertise in grief and loss, with the help of volunteers (many of whom have had their own loss experiences), assist everyone - from young children to older adults.

For more information, call Hospice of Lancaster County's Pathways Center at 717-391-2413.