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New York Life Foundation Offers Spanish Version Of Unique Guide To Help Families Cope With The Loss Of A Loved One

Guide Created by Bereavement Experts Provides Spanish-Speaking Families with Valuable Information and Supports Foundation’s Focus on Childhood Bereavement

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 2, 2010 – The New York Life Foundation announced today that it is offering a Spanish language version of After a Loved One Dies-How Children Grieve, a free guide available online, which was 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.

“Death has a profound effect on children and their loved ones no matter what language they speak,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “By making this free Spanish language version of our guide available, we can serve even more grieving families as we raise awareness of the issue of childhood bereavement.”

The English version of After a Loved One Dies-How Children Grieve was launched in 2009 and recently received the Council on Foundations’ Wilmer Shields Rich Award in the special reports category. After a Loved One Dies… received a perfect score in all three sections: readability/clarity/organization; visual appeal; and overall impact of the project.

The publication of After a Loved One Dies… is the most recent development in 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 camps provide free weekend-long experiences that combine traditional camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.

After a Loved One Dies… is available for download at www.nylgriefguide.com.

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 $130 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, 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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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