Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has focused its support on times of transition for young people and supporting our community as needed. In the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have the opportunity to come together to foster resiliency in children and young adults and build community support. We developed an ongoing series from the New York Life Foundation called, ‘Ask the Expert.’ This episode, ‘Inside the life of a frontline worker, a physician’s perspective’ features Heather Nesle, President of the New York Life Foundation, and Amanda Lowell, PhD, Associate Research Scientist and Licensed Psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center.   They discuss the recent grant the Foundation made to Yale University/Yale Child Study Center to increase the accessibility of bereavement training and information for non-mental health professionals and other professionals in hospital and medical settings.   

There is a considerable gap between the needs and desires of grieving families and the level of preparedness of non-mental health hospital staff. A majority of hospital staff (doctors, nurses, administrative staff, residents, etc.) are not trained in delivering the news of death or supporting a family afterwards.  

Key Takeaways:

  1. The level of support and information a family experiences from healthcare providers when facing bereavement is a strong predictor of both parent and child mental health moving forward.
  2. The Yale Child Study Center has partnered with the New York Life Foundation and Child Bereavement UK to develop trainings and materials for non-mental healthcare providers about child and family bereavement.
  3. Trainings will be provided across medical training levels and to a variety of medical units in order to build a sustainable program at Yale New Haven Hospital and abroad.

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Media contact
Lacey Siegel
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-7937

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