The Wall Street Journal covers the New York Life Foundation's recent parental loss survey.
A recent Wall Street Journal article, “A Blue Christmas: Dealing With Loss During the Holidays,” reveals how families who suffered the death of a loved one struggle over the holiday season. The article highlights the New York Life Foundation’s recent parental loss survey, and support resources that exist for grieving children.
The Foundation’s survey charts the significant “grief gap” felt by those who have lost a parent during childhood – the difference between the grief they experience and the emotional support they receive from friends and family. Responses from Millennials and Gen Xers indicate that emotional support tapers off in as little as a month, while grief may last for six years or more. This “grief gap” can be especially tough during the holiday season when a loved one’s absence is illuminated during normally festive family celebrations.
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