To better understand the effect that loss has on children, the New York Life Foundation has conducted a series of polling initiatives. You can find detailed breakdowns of our research, as well as summaries of key findings.
80% of Americans have experienced the loss of a close friend or relative – however, only 46% knew where in their community to turn for help.
Only 25% of children who had lost a parent said that their school was well prepared to help them.
68% of people said it would have been easier to cope with their grief if society were more open to talking about death and loss.
Only a minority of Americans (43%) have taken steps to prepare for their death, including purchasing life insurance.