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What we do

Pediatric Hospice and Bereavement Support
The missions of the Foundation are to promote the availability of pediatric palliative care, to help gravely ill children in need, and to support bereaved parents.  

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  Hospice for Children
Children with life limiting illness

Grants  to hospitals and hospices

Pediatric Palliative Care

The special considerations of palliative and hospice care for dying children are unique.  The need for such care is not rare. In the US alone more than 50,000 children become terminally ill every year, whether from disease or congenital condition. Yet many hospitals lack the specially trained staff that are needed, and this is a gap that the Foundation seeks to fill.

Sparrow HospitalThe Foundation made a grant of $20,000 to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing to facilitate their plans for a pediatric  hospice program. The grant funded a pilot study for a program that has yet to be implemented but which we hope will eventually lead to a full pediatric hospice facility.


Following an initial grant of $10,000, the Foundation now maintains Hospice of Michigan's  "Quality of Life" fund for east Michigan which is operated under their Pediatric Early Care progam (PEC). This program fills the gaps of many hospital based programs and provides much needed home care as well as support for bereaved families. The fund, designed to help families in need, matches a similar fund already established for the west of the state.


Hospice of MichiganCheck out the Hospice of Michigan web page to learn more about the
Pediatric Early Care program:

  Support for families that have lost a child
Local support groups

Grants to families

Support Groups
For families in the mid-Michigan area our workshop/lectures provide an opportunity for parents who have lost children to meet others informally, listen to a talk or presentation, and share thoughts and experiences. These are intended both as a supplement to conventional bereavement support groups and also as an alternative for those who do not want the social commitment of a more formal group. We present these workshops through a coalition of local child-focused charities. For more information, see our page on Grief.


Individual Grants:
As funds permit, the Foundation awards grants to individual families suffering bereavement from the loss of  a child or coping with the diagnosis of a child's life limiting condition. 

Typically the program caters for needs that fall outside hospice programs. An individual grant may be given to help to mitigate specific hardship, to preserve cherished memories, or simply to provide respite from the pressure of grief.

Families seeking individual grants should download our Grant Application Form to submit online or by mail.


Kids and families we have helped:

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Bereavement Support

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