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PROGRAM LAUNCH New York Life's Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative

Partner with us in building a Grief-Sensitive School community

New York Life has launched a groundbreaking program called the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative to better equip educators and other school personnel to support grieving students.

Its purpose:

  • Provide a personal introduction to this initiative through presentation given by the New York Life workforce
  • Raise awareness about the prevalence of childhood bereavement and ‘grief in school’
  • Increase the knowledge of the resources available for schools to support grieving students and their families
  • Support schools/school districts in striving to become Grief-Sensitive through tangible resources, training, practical tools and a connection to a network of supportive services
  • Check out the ten ways GSSI is making an impact in your community

It’s the assumption that teachers have had this training prior to coming into the teaching field, when in fact that’s a misconception.

Jim Arey

American Federation of Teachers

Grief at school is all-too-common.

When educators were asked in a recent survey by the New York Life Foundation with the American Federation of Teachers…


of educators agree that childhood grief is a serious problem that deserves more attention from schools. 


of educators agree that students who experience a significant loss generally need more support over the longer term.


of educators agree that grief can frequently have an adverse impact on learning at school. 

Ready to sign up to be a Grief-Sensitive school or school district?

Currently there are more than 2,000 schools participating in the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative, and the New York Life Foundation is aiming to add an additional 1,750 new academic institutions to the list.

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