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New York Life Foundation Awards $750,000 to Childhood Bereavement Organization

Twenty-One Providers Receive ‘Grief Reach’ Grants to Serve Youth Nationwide

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 7, 2012 – The New York Life Foundation today announced $750,000 in support to 21 organizations serving grieving children across the country. The grants will be given over a two-year period and range from $10,000 to $100,000. This is the second year of the Foundation’s Grief Reach Program where support is given to grief providers to expand their services to reach diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

The winning providers all responded to a request for proposals created through a partnership between the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC).

“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with the New York Life Foundation and enable more underserved children and teens faced with the death of a loved one to have access to bereavement providers in their local community,” said Andy McNiel, executive director, NAGC. “The Grief Reach Program also increases awareness of the need for more education and services for those affected by loss.”

“We’re proud to extend our partnership with NAGC and provide hard-working local organizations with support through the Grief Reach grants,” said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. “The grants will enable providers across the country to expand their reach in their local communities and offer bereavement services to grieving youth and their families in areas that have been underserved.”

The winning providers are:

  • A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation – New York, NY
  • Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center – Chicago, IL
  • Children’s Bereavement Center, Inc. – Miami, FL*
  • Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
  • Community Home Health Services – Fishers, IN
  • Ele’s Place – Lansing, MI*
  • Good Grief, Inc. – Morristown, NJ
  • Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice – Belleville, IL *
  • Hosparus, Inc. – Louisville, KY
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Long Beach & Orange County – Long Beach, CA
  • Kate’s Club – Atlanta, GA *
  • Kyle’s Korner – Wawatosa, WI
  • Michael’s Place – Traverse City, MI
  • Mourning Hope Grief Center – Lincoln, NE*
  • Mourning Star Center of the Visiting Nurse Association of the Inland Counties – Palm Desert, CA
  • Northern Illinois Hospice – Rockford, IL*
  • Roberta’s House – Baltimore, MD*
  • The Center for Grieving Children – Philadelphia, PA*
  • The Christi Center – Austin, TX
  • Tu Nidito Children and Family Services – Tucson, AZ
  • WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center – Sonoma, CA
  • *also received a Grief Reach grant in 2011

About the National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. NAGC provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children's bereavement centers, helping professionals, and concerned individuals who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities. To learn more, please visit

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $155 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at