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Grief and Bereavement Support

Volunteer Opportunities


Should you wish to volunteer with St. Jude after the loss of your child, there are many ways you can give back.

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Volunteering with the Quality-of-Life Bereavement Program

Bereaved parent advisers are vital to our bereavement program. There are a variety of ways you can volunteer with the bereavement program.

St. Jude Legacy Voice - Take online surveys and give your input to help us continually improve bereavement and end-of-life care for our patients and their families. Caregivers may join at any time.


Parent advisers who are more than two years out from their child’s death may apply to serve in the programs described below. Selection decisions are based on parent interest, time availability, skills and current program needs.

Stay in Touch Program - St. Jude bereaved parents contact newly bereaved parents to offer condolences, support, and information about St. Jude grief resources.  Stay in Touch mentors assist the bereavement coordinator by communicating identified needs and opportunities for support. 

Quality of Life Parent Mentor Program - St. Jude bereaved parents and caregivers mentor parents who are newly bereaved or whose children are receiving end-of-life care.

Parent Advisers as Educators - Parent advisers use their personal experiences to educate hospital staff, parents, and others with the goal of improving patient care.

Ad Hoc Parent Advisers - Many St. Jude parent advisers prefer to volunteer for short-term projects on an “as-needed” basis.  Parent advisers may be asked to provide a bereaved parent perspective by serving on a temporary committee.  Other requests may include working with members of the Quality-of-Life Steering Council on short-term projects.  

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