Jefferson University Hospitals

Bereavement Support and Resources

Below are local and online resources for support following the death of your loved one.  If you need assistance in locating specific resources for yourself or your family please submit an inquiry below via email.  

Bereavement Support Groups Offered by Jefferson Health

Center City: The Bereavement Group is a supportive program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one within the last year. This is a closed group that will meet once a week for six weeks provided by the pastoral care department.

Abington: At Abington Hospital, Pastoral Care Services provides and supports two support groups, an adult bereavement support group and a fetal/infant loss support group. More information about the group can be obtained by calling 215-481-2700. 

Safe Harbor: The Safe Harbor program at Abington provides ongoing grief support groups for children, teens and their parents or caregivers. This is a caring environment where they can come for support and understanding. Safe Harbor is offered completely free of charge.

Methodist: An 8-week group session facilitated by the Pastoral Care Department. Evening group is based on enrollment. Interested participants may contact the pastoral care department at
215-952-9547 to enroll.

New Jersey: A professionally run support group for parents who have lost a child. Here you can share feelings, receive mutual support and learn about ways to help manage heartache.

Greater Philadelphia Area Resources for Children and Families

Peter’s Place: Peter’s Place in Radnor, PA, offers a bright, positive environment for grieving families and young adults. We are a safe and compassionate community where families can get support after the death of someone significant in their lives by connecting with others who have had a similar experience.

Uplift Center for Grieving Children: Philadelphia's Uplift Center for Grieving Children helps children grieving a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities and professionals’ understanding of how best to respond to their needs. 

A Haven: Based in Exton, PA, the mission of A Haven is is to partner with grieving families by providing support, outreach to the community, education, and hope. Services offered include support groups for adults, children, and families. 

Center for Loss and Bereavement: The Center for Loss and Bereavement in Skippack, PA, is a non-profit resource of specialized knowledge and professional support that provides meaningful connection and restorative guidance for those impacted by grief.  Services offered include grief counseling, peer support groups, grief education.

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss: The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss in Mount Joy, PA, specializes in helping people cope with serious illness or loss after death. Services offered to adults, children, and families. 

Unite, Inc.: A non-profit organization in Oxford, PA, Unite, Inc. has been providing peer to peer grief support following the loss of a baby, including miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and infant death to parents in the greater Philadelphia area since 1975.

Camp Charlie: Camp Charlie is a week-long day camp for bereaved children ages six (must be in, or have completed 1st grade) to 12, held every summer in Horsham, PA.

Online Resources 

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families: The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. Through the Pathways Program, a safe place is provided for families facing an advanced serious illness. 

Family Lives On: The Family Lives On foundation supports the lifelong emotional well-being of children whose mother or father has died. The tradition program provides opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication and celebration.

What’s Your Grief?: Online resource providing grief education, resources, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.