This Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Let’s Elevate the National Conversation on Childhood Grief in America

Did you know that one in 20 children in America lose a parent before the age of 16?

In fact, a majority of children will experience the loss of a family member or friend by the time they complete high school. And while the sad reality is that the impact of loss on children and families can be profound, the good news is that we can all make a difference by actively supporting the children in our communities who have suffered a loss.

A recent New York Life Foundation bereavement survey takes the nation’s pulse on the issue of grief and how the loss of a parent growing up can have a life-long impact. Here are some of the top findings:

  • Those who lost a parent growing up say it took, on average, six years before they could be happy again and move forward after the loss
  • 57 percent felt that support from family and friends tapered off within a mere three months of the loss, with 20 percent saying that support declined after the first week and an additional 21 percent saying after the first month
  • More than half (63%) of Americans admit that they have sometimes avoided talking to someone about their loss because they were worried they’d say the wrong thing
  • Yet public dialogue around loss if growing: 70 percent of Americans believe that today people are more open about issues of death and dying than they were five to ten years ago
  • And social media is becoming a common medium to communicate about loss: (58%) say that social media has enabled them to reach out to people they otherwise wouldn’t have to express condolences about the loss of a loved one.

Read more about the survey here

Information about supporting bereaved children and families:

Tips on Supportive Communications

Bereaved Children in their own words… Judi’s House video

Additional resources can be found here