A child who is seriously ill has specialized needs, and so does their family. With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in our care, we are privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services – including emotional, spiritual and decision-making support for the child, parents and siblings. These services are made possible through generous gifts from Jo Elyn Nyman and the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.

Compass Support Services is a way for families of children with complex, chronic illnesses to access community programs to make their lives less stressful. Experienced pediatric social workers provide emotional, social and decision-making support for the child, parents and siblings, connecting them with specialized community resources to assist with financial, emotional, social, legal and other needs.

James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program. First offered in west Michigan in 1995, this pediatric hospice program is now available to families throughout the state, providing an experienced team of pediatric-trained staff to care for terminally ill children and their families. The program offers comfort care, nursing, spiritual care, emotional support and grief support.

The Anchors Perinatal Program provides emotional, social and clinical support to expectant parents as they prepare for the birth of their child while also grieving the anticipated loss of the child during pregnancy, birth or shortly after. The program also assists parents with birth planning during this most difficult time.

Pediatric Bereavement Services. Focused on each family’s individual needs, our pediatric hospice team offers bereavement services at no charge to patients who have been served by any of our pediatric programs. We also can speak to schools, places of worship and community organizations supporting children and families experiencing loss.