New York Life | September 12, 2022
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never an easy process. It became even more painful during the pandemic, In too many cases, COVID-19 complicated the grieving experience. Social distancing practices prevented loved ones from being present during or immediately after their loss, with 65 percent of Americans unable to grieve in person, and 83 percent unable to visit with a loved one before they passed away.
Schools were already a critical place of support for grieving young people, and that was highlighted during the pandemic. About 6 in 10 parents said that the pandemic had opened their eyes to the need for more grief support services in schools.
The New York Life Foundation’s Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative, established in 2018, continued its mission throughout the pandemic to help raise awareness of the impact of grief on school-age children and direct educators across the country to relevant, free, online grief resources and tools.
But we wanted to do more:
In the aftermath of the pandemic, we know that bereavement remains a complex and very personal process. In times of grief, we stand ready to offer practical and emotional support to the communities and clients we serve.
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