Bereavement Program

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Our 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 or Stacy Hobbs at 937-641-5300; Cecilia Sledge at 937-641-3000, ext 8980; or Tom O'Neill (Care and Comfort) at 937-641-4663.
  • 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 at 937-641-3463

Community-Based Support Groups

  • Oak Tree Corner provides 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 for parents whose children have died.
    • Miami Valley Chapter meets at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church in Kettering on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Contact 937-640-2621.
    • Miami County Chapter meets at the Nashville United Church of Christ in West Milton on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Call 937-836-5939.
  • Pathways of Hope: Contact: 937-258-4991
  • HEAL bereavement program which 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: Contact:  937-335-5191 or
  • Mercy Hospice (Springfield area): Contact: 937-390-9665
  • SIDS or SUID support: Contact: 937-339-9794

Meet Our Bereavement Program Team

Bereavement team coordinator:  Cindy Brown, RN, CNS  
Administrator: Gerri Sheehan, RN, MSA

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


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