New research featured in The New York Life Foundation’s inaugural “State of Grief” report reveals that Americans are looking for a more open national dialogue about death and loss. In addition to sharing new survey results, the report explores COVID-19’s impact on grief support at home, in school and at work and includes expert perspectives from the Foundation’s extensive network of bereavement partners.
Children’s Grief Awareness Month (CGAM) is dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence and the potential impact of the death of a loved one on a young person. Through the collaboration of The National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), National PTA, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, First Book, and The New York Life Foundation, this year’s month-long campaign features a unified approach that focuses on grief support in schools.
The New York Life Foundation invests in programs that benefit young people, particularly in educational enhancement and childhood bereavement support. We have fostered a culture of volunteerism and community involvement for New York Life’s employees and financial professionals.
We are committed to serving individuals and communities through a wide array of programs and grants.
Those on the front lines of this pandemic are acting on their love to protect families and save lives. In response, the New York Life Foundation partnered with Cigna Foundation to create the Brave of Heart Fund (the Fund) powered by E4E; honoring healthcare workers and volunteers who go to hospitals and medical facilities every day, knowingly putting themselves in harm's way while working with COVID-19 positive patients. The Fund provides support to families of frontline healthcare works and healthcare volunteers who lost their lives fighting COVID-19.
The Love Takes Action Awards program enabled New York Life employees and financial professionals to nominate extraordinary individuals serving their communities in response to the pandemic, awarding $1.75M in grants.
Kai’s Journey is a 3-part series about a boy named Kai who, together with his mom, learns how to navigate a profound loss. For every free download of the e-books, the New York Life Foundation will donate $1 to programs that support grieving children.
When it comes to grief support at school, many educators feel underprepared to help. In fact, according to a recent survey by the New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers, ninety-two percent of educators think that there should be a greater focus on training educators to support grieving students, and ninety-one percent say that they personally would be interested in participating in bereavement training offered through their school or district.
New York Life’s Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative was created to address the gap in grief support in schools by providing resources and tools for school communities to support grieving students and their families. Any K-12 accredited private or public school and school district can request to be part of this program.
The essence of our business is serving others. In 1998, New York Life created our corporate volunteer program, Volunteers for Good (VfG). It develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for our workforce, allowing them to serve the communities where they work and live. Giving time and expertise, we collaborate with hundreds of charitable organizations and help coordinate volunteer projects every year to address community needs across the country.
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