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New York Life Foundation Offers Unique Guide to Help Families Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 31, 2009 — The New York Life Foundation announced today that it is offering a new resource to grieving families as part of the addition of childhood bereavement to the Foundation’s Nurturing the Children platform.

After a Family Member Dies is a free guide, available online and in print, created by the New York Life Foundation in partnership with some of the nation’s most respected authorities on childhood bereavement. The guide describes how parents and other adults can help children understand death and offers suggestions for helping children cope.

“The New York Life Foundation is proud to offer this valuable guide as part of our expanded support of children with the inclusion of bereavement in our Nurturing the Children initiative. This is a complementary fit for New York Life, which for over 164 years has been offering families vital financial protection after the loss of a loved one,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “The new guide and Foundation support of select bereavement programs allows New York Life to provide even more to grieving families - tools and resources to heal emotionally.”

The publication of After a Family Member Dies is the most recent development in the area of the Foundation’s focus on childhood bereavement which was added in 2008. The New York Life Foundation has provided $3 million in grants to Comfort Zone Camp and $600,000 to The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin, two national nonprofits dedicated to supporting bereaved children. Both Comfort Zone Camp and Camp Erin provide weekend-long experiences that combine traditional camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The grants support both organizations in their efforts to expand nationally and raise awareness on the issue of childhood bereavement.

After a Family Member Dies is available for download here on the New York Life Foundation’s website and hard copies can be ordered at

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 $120 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 mentoring, the establishment 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

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