History of the Chicagoland Bereaved Parents
The Chicagoland Chapter (formerly Hinsdale Chapter) of Bereaved Parents of the USA (BPUSA) has a long and fruitful history. As a self-help support group for bereaved parents, the group has met monthly for over 40 years. The group began in 1974 after the death of two local children.
The national organization, Bereaved Parents of the USA, was founded in 1995 by a group of bereaved parents from across the country to offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of their loved one. This purpose remains the thrust of BPUSA today.
Bereaved Parents of the USA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of BPUSA members nominated and elected yearly by chapter members. All work within the BPUSA organization on both the national and local chapter level is done by volunteers There are no paid salaries within BPUSA.
Helping grieving parents and families rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
BPUSA is Non-Denominational
BPUSA espouses no religion but supports each member in his or her grief journey regardless of religious practice or belief.
BPUSA is a non-profit self-help support group with 501(c) (3) IRS status. Both our national organization and our local chapters are supported solely by volunteer donations. There are no dues or fees charged to belong to BPUSA.