Bereavement services (care for the grieving)

The mission of Duke University Hospital Bereavement Services is to facilitate and support healthy grieving for patients, families, and significant others before, during, and after death, and to educate and support the staff who provide their care.

"The way we deal with loss shapes our capacity to be present to life more than anything else. The way we protect ourselves from loss may be the way in which we distance ourselves from life. We burn out not because we don't care but because we don't grieve."
-- Rachel Naomi Remen
Kitchen Table Wisdom

Our services

Bereavement Services provides a clearing house for information, resources, and support regarding grief, loss, dying, and death. Support is available in a variety of ways for patients, families, and staff through the services listed below.

Contact us at:

Duke University Hospital Service of Remembrance, a special event to remember those who have been cared for at Duke University Hospital. Family and staff are invited to come. Call 919-684-4750 for more information.

See a listing of upcoming services

Staff Memorial Service, a time for community, prayer, reflection, music, grief & hope, and space to remember Duke employees who have died.  This memorial event is held in the spring and fall.  Call 684-4750 for more information.

See a listing of upcoming services.

Pediatric Day of Remembrance: Saturday, June 21, 2014.
E-mail for more information.

Remembrance Quilts

Remembrance Art Quilt

Threads of Our Lives Quilt

Grief Counseling and Support



Staff is available to develop, facilitate, or present training or support opportunities regarding dying, death, loss, and grief.

Bereavement Advisory Council

The Bereavement Advisory Council (BAC) is a multidisciplinary committee that works closely with the Bereavement Services Program to develop and sponsor programs for patients, families, and staff in areas of grief, loss, death, and dying.

We recruit new members in the fall. New BAC start in January and serve three-year terms. Call 919-684-4750 for more information.

Download an application (PDF, 74 KB) if you are interested.

End-of-life care programs

The following programs offer an overview of local, state, and national news, legislation, events, calendars, newsletters, resources, and initiatives.

Grief materials

Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and each person grieves in their own unique way. The following grief materials can help you understand the grief process, and support your journey towards healing.




  • A Father's Grief - English (PDF, 87 KB) / Spanish (PDF, 110 KB)
  • Healing Together as a Couple - English (PDF, 27 KB) / Spanish (PDF, 27 KB)
  • Helping Yourself After the Loss of a Baby - English (PDF, 84 KB) / Spanish (PDF, 34 KB)
  • How Family and Friends Can Help - English (PDF, 55 KB) / Spanish (PDF, 25 KB)
  • Single Parent Grief - English (PDF, 26K B) / Spanish (PDF, 27 KB)
  • Understanding Grief and Mourning - English (PDF, 89KB) / Spanish (PDF, 27 KB)

Traumatic Loss

Additional Grief-Related Information