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.

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Kai's Journey

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.

Learn more about Kai's Journey

How to support grieving children.

This year, to recognize Children’s Grief Awareness Day on November 19, we asked our bereavement partners to contribute to a blog series that encourages broader conversations about bereavement and grief support.

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COVID-19 bereavement resources:

Power of Parenting: Addressing fears and feelings from prior losses.
Resources and responses for families who may be experiencing heightened feelings from a prior loss due to the pandemic. 

Power of Parenting: Helping children cope with the impending death of a loved one.
Concrete suggestions for families on what to say and do to help children prepare for the death of a loved one from COVID-19.

Power of Parenting: Mourning the death of a loved one.
Resources and recommendations for families mourning the death of a loved and the challenges that come with physical distancing. 

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.

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Additional Resources

For Families
Articles to help assist in the healing process.

For School Communities
Programs and resources to support school communities and grieving students.

For All Communities
Resources to help build a community's resilience.

Free Printed Materials

Order brochures and helpful tools to share with schools, communities and families.


The Two-Minute Drill with Brian Griese

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.

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Our goal: 1,750 new “Grief-Sensitive Schools” in 2020.

1 in 14 will lose a parent or sibling by the time they are 18.

Through our Grief Sensitive School Initiative (GSSI), the New York Life Foundation will train thousands of New York Life employees and agents to give presentations about grief in schools and provide grants to support schools as they strive to become more grief-sensitive. They’ll serve as GSSI ambassadors to help raise educators’ awareness of grief’s impact on school-age children, and direct them to free online resources, including a state-by-state guide to local grief organizations and camps.

Inspiring stories to share.