Bereavement Program

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Dayton Children’s bereavement team is available to meet the needs of our patients and families/friends before, during and after the death of a child. The team’s response is based on the child's/family’s 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


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