One Bright Star - A Resource For Families Who Have Lost A Child
Support For Families In Memory Resources Contribute



If you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a child, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Please request our personal grief journal below. 

Our Mission

When you see someone wearing
the One Bright Star symbol
on a pin or pendant, recognize
and support them with a hug,
a smile, or just talk about their child.

One Bright Star Memorial Site


The Star Journal

Journaling is an excellent tool to assist us through the grieving and recovery process. The topics in this journal assist in getting you started.
Get your free copy!



Wish you had something to remember your loss and show your support of
One Bright Star? 
See Apparel, Pins, and Pendant links above.

(Matching scholarships available!)

One Bright Star’s mission is to be a resource for families who have lost a child to death and has created a unique star symbol to recognize and support them. 

One Bright Star was founded in 1998 by four mothers who each experienced the tragedy of a passing child.  The vision of the founders is that people will recognize the star symbol and reach out to those who have suffered such a loss with greater compassion, hugs, and support.  As part of this effort, One Bright Star has created star jewelry to be worn by family members and the Children’s Memorial which features the star symbol.

One Bright Star received its current Federal Tax Exemption status in September 1999, and is a Minnesota based 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Join us on Facebook to stay updated on events, see words of encourgement, or to send us a message.

Please remember to share your
One Bright Star proudly!

"Your support and encouragement of others, remembering it is ok to talk about their child, and a hug with or without words means more than you can ever know" - A OBS Mother


Hospice Foundation of America -- Learn about hospice care and programs, read excerpts from hospice publications, order books and videos and learn about the annual bereavement teleconference which is co-sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America and The Compassionate Friends.


Camp Oz (PDF)

Grief is a normal response to death. Camp Oz gently guides children (ages 6 - 18) through the complex emotions of grief by showing them they are not alone.

Click the above PDF for Application and Volunteering Opportunities

Location: TBD
Camp Omega-Waterville,MN

Date: October 2015 - TBD

Grief Support Group (PDF)

Please contact your local hospice group for these types of grief support groups in your area.

In Mankato, call Jeanne at

Mayo Clinic Health Systems


Hospice Volunteer Training (PDF)


For more information contact Jeanne at

Mayo Clinic Health System


Radio Show:

Peter Steiner, Radio Host, Life After Loss

"Life After Loss"
with Pete Steiner


KTOE   1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

4th Monday of each month


January 26 - One Bright Star:     
          Celebration of Life
          (event fundraiser for OBS)                - Cassi Wanous

February 23  -  Hospice:          
         Volunteer opportunities  
          & upcoming Training                         - Kim Rotchadl

March 23 – Hospice
        Family Fundraiser                               - Kim Rotchadl



One Bright Star - A Resource For Families Who Have Lost A Child