25th Anniversary Year

August 7–9, 2020
St. Louis Missouri

Please join us as we commemorate 25 years of helping grieving parents and families rebuild their lives after the death of a child.

Our Anniversary theme “25 Years of Hope” says it all. BPUSA has been a beacon of hope for grieving families since its beginning in January 1995.

The Gathering Conference will be a three-day event with keynote speakers, workshops, meals, entertainment and memorial ceremonies all designed to help bereaved parents and their families understand that they are not alone in their grief. Our annual Gatherings have been praised as wonderfully meaningful experiences and life-changing in many ways. Participants come away feeling refreshed and revitalized, better informed about the grieving process, more aware of hope and promise and affirmed by meeting new friends who travel the same path. This year, our closing ceremony on Sunday morning will include a short bus trip to visit the Angel of Hope Memorial in Blanchett Park, St. Charles, MO.

2020 Registration Packet

Gathering Registration Online Form

Le MeĢridien St. Louis Clayton Hotel is now undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation that will be extensive. Inside, all 259 guest rooms will be renovated along with meeting spaces, public areas and the lobby. The renovation will also include a re-concepted three-meal restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor entertainment area featuring a large swimming pool. BPUSA is looking forward to hosting our Gathering in this brand-new setting. The hotel will, again, be offering special room rates to Gathering attendees.

The hotel is located close to St. Louis' acclaimed Forest Park and Washington University, and just 10 minutes from the city's downtown via the Metrolink. Known for its iconic arch, a must-see attraction, St. Louis is a vacation destination of national prominence, with many sightseeing adventures to enjoy. Plan a family vacation in conjunction with the Gathering. Spend some time remembering your child and then explore life on the Mississippi in this bustling, modern “Gateway to the West.” CLICK HERE for more St. Louis attractions!

Awards Application Forms

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