Are you the Parent of a Child with Life-Limiting Medical Conditions and in Need of Answers?

Circle of Life is here to help!

Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive program of palliative and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting illnesses and support for families.

The Circle of Life Children's Center has a team of dedicated healthcare professionals ready to...

Help you communicate more effectively with your child's doctor and other healthcare providers
Help you set goals for proper care
Help you become better educated about potential problems and long-term needs
Help you coordinate and communicate with multiple providers
Guide you through the difficult decisions that you must make about long term care and end-of-life options

Are you a physician or nurse seeking reliable, up-to-date information about palliative care and other pediatric end-of-life services?

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Magnolia House - Circle of Life's New Headquarters in Elizabeth, NJ

Circle of Life Children's Center
 is located in a century-old former carriage house which was converted first to a priory for the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth and later an adult hospice facility known as Theo House, part of Center for Hope Hospice.  On the beautiful grounds of Saint Walburga's Monastery in Elizabeth,  Circle of Life has the best of all worlds - a 5200 square feet two-story facility set in a garden-like setting yet close to a major bus route and less than 5 minutes from University Hospital in Newark where our Pediatric Palliative Care Team is based.

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Meet our Beloved Mascot - "Fred the Rabbit"

Once, long ago, there was a little boy named Joey.  Joey was five years old. He was very sick. Joey had been sick for a long time, and sometimes he had to go to the hospital to get stronger again. To help him feel better Joey took his toy rabbit Fred with him to the hospital.  Fred went with Joey to therapy, sat close beside him for tests, and kept him company during the day.  At night they slept close together under a soft blanket.

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James Oleske Featured on

Our own James Oleske has been featured on Rutgers News.  Click here for the story: