Be Mindful of the Grieving Families in Your Midst this Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s an important time of year to remember the children and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

As this new Philanthropy News Digest article from New York Life Foundation president Heather Nesle points out, the holidays can be particularly difficult in the wake of a loved one’s death, triggering powerful emotions and poignant memories linked to the season's family traditions and festivities.

In fact, in NYLF’s 2017 Bereavement Survey, nearly three-quarters (74%) of those who had lost a parent growing up say that they wish there was greater sensitivity toward bereaved individuals around the holidays. Yet the survey also indicates that those looking to help can take simple steps to show grieving families in their midst that they care, both around the holidays and throughout the year.

In her new article, Nesle offers guidance on how to extend support to grieving children and families over the holidays, and offers a charge to the philanthropic community to extend the level of grant-making support for childhood bereavement across the field. Please read more here.