Grieving and Bereavement

BJC ACO is affiliated with several programs to help manage grief and sadness.BJC Hospice offers camps, retreats and support groups for specialized grief needs. These programs are free to the public. For more information, call 314.872.5050 or email BJC Hospice

Stepping Stones Camp

This weekend camp is designed for children (6-12) who have experienced the death of a family member. Every August children meet at Camp Wyman in Eureka, Missouri, to safely express their feelings, identify coping tools and connect with other children who have gone through the same experience. With the support of professional staff and volunteers, the children participate in therapeutic activities as well as traditional camp fun and games.

Labyrinth

This one-day grief retreat is for teens (13-19) who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. Held annually in April, teens spend the day at Camp Wyman in Eureka, Missouri, participating in team-building activities, small group discussions and creative, hands-on experiences.

Weavings

This powerful October weekend retreat is for mothers who have experienced the death of a child aged 29 or younger. Professional grief counselors and volunteers encourage sharing and healing and lead activities of celebration and remembrance for each child. All meals, accommodations and activities are provided.

Daybreak

This one-day retreat provides an opportunity to meet the unique needs of a couple grieving the death of their child aged 29 or younger. Grief counselors provide education about the differences in how men and women grieve, while allowing couples to explore their own grief processes. Activities encourage communication, partnership and a sense of hope.

Portals

This support group provides widows and widowers over 30 with a safe, intimate environment to process their grief and explore how to face their new life alone. Facilitated by bereavement professionals, this afternoon group meets in St. Charles County. This program begins with four weekly core group meetings, with the option of continuing support through monthly meetings. Portals is co-sponsored by BJC Hospice, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital.