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A Child in Grief Press Kit

It’s estimated that one in seven Americans experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 20. Yet, children who have lost a loved one often suffer in silence and isolation, with precious few opportunities to share their grief feelings – and all too little support from the individuals and institutions around them.

Recognizing the need to shine a light on the phenomenon of childhood grief, the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) have conducted a ground-breaking survey among more than 500 children who have lost a parent or sibling. The survey was designed to help the general public better understand what grieving kids experience and feel -- and what everyone can do to be more helpful to kids and families in the aftermath of loss.

Below you will find links to a variety of materials to facilitate your reporting on this critical issue:

We stand ready to help you in your reporting in any way possible, including answering any questions about the research, arranging interviews with experts here at New York Life or the NAGC, or putting you in touch with grieving families who’ve agreed to share their story.

For more information, please contact, Lacey Siegel, New York Life at 212 576-7937 or via email at or Jim Marren, Tiller, LLC at 212 358-8515 ext. 2 or via email at

In November 2011, the New York Life Foundation – in conjunction with National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) -- issued the results of a survey of surviving parents, looking specifically at support and parenting issues.

Below you will find links to a variety of materials on this effort:

Child Grief Parent Release Child Grief Verbatims NYL-NAGC Parents Loss of Spouse Poll A Child in Grief Video


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