New York Life’s dedicated online resource for bereaved families and those who want to support them.
Helping families in times of grief is at the heart of our company’s mission, and our research has shown that families who lose a loved one wish they had more resources and support available to them. In an effort to address this gap, we have developed this dedicated online grief resource which offers articles, expert tips, personal stories and local resources for families, educators and community members.
Today, more than ever, children are witnesses to a world filled with tragedy and loss. Young people can and do experience the death of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and teachers. As caregivers, teachers, and all concerned adults, we need to be prepared with an arsenal of information and guidance that can help bereaved children and their families make sense of this life-altering change. The New York Life Foundation stands on the frontlines of this effort by offering accessible resources to families, communities and the public to help build and support resilient families.
Link directly to these resources for immediate help.
COVID-19 bereavement resources:
Ask the expert: Living through COVID-19.
A fireside chat about communicating with children regarding the coronavirus between Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation and Donna Gaffney a consultant to the New York Life Foundation.
Care-giving amidst coronavirus: How do we support our children during a pandemic?
Q&A between Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation and Dr. Julie Kaplow, founder of the SAMHSA-funded Trauma and Grief. Center.
COVID-19 Resources for School Communities
Developed by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement in partnership with the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, which was founded by The New York Life Foundation among others.
Coping with Change & Loss: in support of children, teens, & families, this booklet was developed by one of the Foundation’s national partners, the National Alliance for Grieving Children.
Support and resources:
National Alliance for Grieving Children: Hero Toolkit in support of Grieving Children and Teens
This free toolkit developed for Children, teens and their support network, provides activities and conversations designed to empower each of us to become everyday 'heroes'.
National Bereavement Resource Guide: State by State Bereavement Listing
A list of each state's bereavement organizations to support bereaved children and their families.
Surveys, Infographics, & Research
Below are highlights of our research, surveys, and opinion polls.
Brian Griese played quarterback in the National Football League for 11 years, earning a Super Bowl ring and being selected an All-Pro while with the Denver Broncos. Prior to his NFL career, Brian helped lead the University of Michigan to a share of the NCAA national championship in an undefeated season, while earning his degree in political science. He is currently a college football and NFL analyst with ESPN.
Brian lost his mother Judi to breast cancer when he was 12 years old. He and his wife Brook founded Judi’s House, a comprehensive bereavement center in Denver whose mission is to “help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing.” The nonprofit has provided care, free of charge, to over 10,000 individuals, reaching many thousands more through the research, education, and advocacy initiatives of JAG Institute.
Brian spoke with us about the ordeal of losing his mother.