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2023 New York Life Day of Learning Recap Honoring Children’s Grief Awareness Month

As part of the New York Life Foundation’s commitment to increasing awareness, access, and resources for bereaved children, on November 1, 2023, New York Life Foundation convened grief experts, educators, and administrative professionals for our annual Day of Learning. We hosted a series of panels with industry experts to share the latest data, best practices, stories, and resources. This event focused on the specific need for bereavement support in school communities as everyone can play a critical role in supporting students through grief.

As part of the day, we recognized the 10th anniversary of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. This collaboration of the ten leading school professional associations, gathered by the New York Life Foundation and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, has been monumental in the creation and dissemination of resources for adults supporting children through grief. Many of the founding members spoke about their work on this coalition during the Day of Learning. Other speakers included the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), Partnership for After School Education (PASE), Uplift Center for Grieving Children, Park Nicollet Foundation, Children’s Bereavement Center and our keynote speaker, Chancellor David C. Banks of the New York City Public Schools. 

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To learn more about research in the bereavement field and to gain insight on how to support those in your community who may be grieving, watch the below video recordings to learn from an expert array of bereavement and childhood education specialists who participated in our November 1 Day of Learning and review the associated resources listed here: 

Keynote Remarks

Keynote speaker, Chancellor David C. Banks shares his experience and insights on grief in schools.

The Coalition Then and Now – Identifying and Meeting Needs of Educators

From founding to the future, hear from four different Coalition members about how they represented their organization’s needs while identifying those in the greater community and worked together to create comprehensive resources in response. As teachers, support professionals, and administrators every group shows up for grieving students in different ways.

The Coalition Outside of the Classroom - Physical and Mental Wellness in Schools

More than academics, learn about the critical role of physical and mental health professionals in creating Coalition resources that support professionals and students both in taking care of their overall wellness during difficult times.

Grief Support in Schools – the Power of Partnerships

Join bereavement experts in an exploration of the partnerships between their organizations and schools in their communities - what it takes to create and maintain partnerships, what resources are available to schools, and the meaning of these crucial relationships.

Supporting Grieving Youth and Families: A Community Approach

Explore how a community-wide approach can make a significant impact in supporting grieving youth. With this panel, we will uncover how a united effort among schools, districts, afterschool programs, and the larger community can create a network of support that enables youth to cope with their grief and thrive in their journey.

Taking Action: A Conversation with Heather Nesle and Vicki Jay

Heather Nesle and Vicki Jay discuss where to go from here. How you can take your learnings about Childhood bereavement and create change in your community.

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We hope the above videos provide insight into the additional need for grief support for bereaved youth and their families as well as the work of the New York Life Foundation and our partners in creating and disseminating bereavement resources across the country.