The Golden Sweater

A story of grief, strength, and love

The Golden Sweater is a story about a little boy named Kai who, together with his mother, learns how to navigate a profound loss in their family. The book is dedicated to children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one, and strives to help them better understand, process, and communicate their grief.

The golden sweater book cover

You download. We donate.

1 download = $1 donated.

Download your free PDF copy of 'The Golden Sweater' and the New York Life Foundation will donate $1 for every download to one of our four bereavement partners, up to $175,000.*

We’ve also prepared a discussion guide to help children and families have productive conversations about the challenging and important themes in the book. 

Your download will help support our partners:

eLuna is a nonprofit organization that supports children and families impacted by grief or addiction. It is the creator of Camp Erin, the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives, and offers continued care through the Eluna Resource Center which provides personalized phone and email support  as well as a comprehensive online library of high quality tools that help children and families impacted by grief, addiction and related complex challenges.

Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Programs are free of charge and include confidence building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone’s programs are offered to children ages 7-17, and their families for the family programs, plus they offer young adult programs for 18-25 year olds. Held year-round across the country, their primary locations are California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia (HQ).

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming, and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families.  They are committed to ensuring that No Child Grieves Alone and all bereaved children, no matter where they live or their circumstances, should have the support and resources they need to adapt to a loss in their lives positively.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a national organization providing compassionate care for all those grieving a military loss. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline. Services are provided free of charge to surviving families and loved ones.

More tools to help process grief.

For 175 years, New York Life has helped families in difficult times. We are proud to  offer resources for educators, families, communities, caregivers and children to help process their loss, build resiliency, and thrive. 

Additional questions?

You can contact the New York Life Foundation via email at



Additional questions?

You can contact the New York Life Foundation via email at



*Can receive up to $50,000 [or $25,000 for Comfort Zone] based on number of downloads/views.