Bereavement Program

Print this page Bookmark and Share

Dayton Childrenís bereavement team is available to meet the needs of our patients and families/friends before, during and after the death of a child. The teamís response is based on the child's/familyís cultural, religious and other individual preferences. Our primary focus is to provide support to both the child and their family/friends.


Lucinda Brown,  RN, CNS, bereavement team coordinator, 937-641-3000, extension 8934
Cecelia Sledge, chaplain, 937-641-3000, ext. 8980
Stacy Hobbs, social work, 937-641-5300
Charlotte Lemming, social work, 937-641-5300
Tom O'Neill, social work, Care and Comfort, 937-641-4663
Mary Ann Swank, RN, BSN, perinatal outreach, 937-641-3463

Administrator: Gerri Sheehan, RN, MSA

Services Available

  • Chaplain
  • Medical/nursing support
  • Psychological/counseling intervention
  • Social work
  • Individual and family support groups
  • Annual memorial service in December for families to celebrate their child’s life 

Dayton Children's Support Groups

  • Bereaved parent support group Families who have experienced their child's death through accident, or illness may participate in group sessions offered in a variety of formats. Extended family and friends are also welcome. Contact: Charlotte Lemming , Stacy Hobbs, Cecilia Sledge or Tom O'Neill

  • Perinatal loss support group Families who have experienced their baby's death at any time during pregnancy (including miscarriage or stillbirth) or after birth may join this drop-in group. Extended family and friends are also welcome. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Dayton Children's. Contact: Mary Ann Swank

Community Support Groups

  • Oak Tree Corner Year-round support for children and teens ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of someone special. An adult parent or caregiver also attends the meetings. Contact: 937-285-0199 or
  • Compassionate Friends Support for parents whose children die at any age.
  • Pathways of Hope -  Contact: 937-258-4991
  • HEAL bereavement program - Meets the third Tuesday of the month at Atrium Medical Center Contact 513-705-4056 X6292 or
  • Hospice of Darke County - Contact: 937-548-2999
  • Hospice of Miami County - Generations of Life-Your Community Bereavement Resource Center, a service of Hospice of Miami County, Inc.  937-335-5191,
  • Mercy Hospice (Springfield area) - Contact: 937-390-9665
  • SIDS or SUID support - Yolanda Morris - 937-339-9794

Bereavement brochure


Sign up for Pediatric Link

Finding the latest trusted child health and safety information doesn't have to be hard. Pediatric Link, Dayton Children's e-newsletter offers timely and up-to-date information for health care professionals from the experts you trust at Dayton Children's.  Sign up

Upcoming Events

Car Seat Safety Check

Free event for anyone affected by type 1 diabetes in southern Indiana, southern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

View full event calendarView full event calendar

The Right Experts

Just right for all kids


The Children's Medical Center of Dayton Dayton Children's
The Right Care for the Right Reasons

One Children's Plaza - Dayton, Ohio - 45404-1815