Resources for Parents and Families

As you and your family journey through grief, Primary Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will be a supportive partner. We will send mailings and make occasional personal contact by phone during the year after the death of your child. We care and we are available to support you. Please feel free to call us at (801) 662-3778 or email us at any time to talk about your grief. Each mailing will offer thoughts, tips and suggestions about ways you might weave the sorrow of the death of your child into your life story as a grieving parent and family. We offer our heartfelt condolences and assurances that we will be present to support you in your sorrow.

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Local Resources

Primary Children's Hospital Bereavement Program serves Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada. Specific therapeutic resources for grief are available in most areas. Please contact Bereavement Support at (801) 662-3778 or email us for information on specific local resources.

Support Groups

Primary Children's offers a variety of support groups free of charge to parents and families who have experienced the death of a child. You will meet other parents who have had children die, and you will have the opportunity to share and learn with them. The groups are led by trained professionals who will provide additional tools to help you cope with your grief. 

Group therapeutic activities will also be offered to school-age children and teens who are learning to live with the death of a brother or sister. 

Registration is required. Please call or email us for more information and to register.  

Mom's Grief Group 

Third Wednesday of every month, February - December 2019
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Primary Children's Hospital Eccles Outpatient Building
81 N. Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(Follow signs in lobby)

June 19 - How does grief effect how we think and feel?
August 21 - Styles of Grieving: Is there a difference between men and women?
September 18 - Finding Meaning: Preserving Memories 
October 16 - How do we honor grief during the holidays?
November 20 - Spirituality: Where's God in all of this?
December 18 - Holiday Stories of Hope, Love and Remembrance 

Dad's Grief Group - Fall Session

Thursdays, September 26 - October 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
7486 South Union Park Blvd., Midvale, UT, 84047
(Dinner Provided)
*Registration required

Family Grief Group

Wednesdays, October 2 - November 6
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
7486 South Union Park Blvd., Midvale, UT, 84047


National Resources

Bereaved Parents of the USA

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The Compassionate Friends - Supporting Family after a Child Dies

National Alliance on Mental Illness

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Alliance of Hope

Modern Loss

The Dougy Center

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

Actively Moving Forward - Connecting and Empowering Grieving College Students

12 Things Harry Potter Taught Me About Grief


Helpful Books

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Books for Infants/Toddlers

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

Cuddle Bear by Claire Freedman and Gavin Scott

Something Very Sad Happened by Bonnie Zucker

The Purple Balloon by Chris Raschka

I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

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Books for Pre-School Children

I Miss You by Pat Thomas and Chester Raccoon

Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn 

Where's Jess? by Marvin Johnson

Death is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham 

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes

Where Are You? by Laura Oliveri 

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

More suggestions >

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Books for School-Age Children

Gentle Willow by Joyce C. Mills

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Always My Brother by Jean Reagan

Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton

When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegard 

Cat Heaven and Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley 

The Memory String by Eve Bunting

More suggestions >

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Books for Teens

When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman

Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Enid Samuel Traisman

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan D. Wolfelt

When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani

Chill + Spill by Steffanie Lorig and Jeanean Jacobs

Weird is Normal: When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert

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Books for Parents

A Broken Heart Still Beats by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel

Surviving the Loss of a Child by Elizabeth B. Brown

Grief One Day at a Time by Alan D. Wolfelt

Beyond Tears: Living after Losing a Child by Ellen Michell, Rita Volpe, Ariella Long, Phyllis Levine, et. al

After the Darkest Hour the Sun Will Shine Again: A Parent's Guide to Coping with the Loss of a Child by Elizabeth Mehren

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Books for Grandparents

Healing a Grandparent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas after Your Grandchild Dies by Alan D. Wolfelt

Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents by Mary Lou Reed

A Grandparent's Sorrow by Pat Schwiebert

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditation for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman