With you…providing comfort during the most difficult times.
One in 14 children will lose a parent or a sibling by the age of 18. However, the impact of this loss is often overlooked. We work with our communities to understand this issue, identifying the real needs so we can provide the right resources to those facing grief. For example, our partnership with StoryCorps allows young people to document their “love story,” ensuring that the legacy of a loved one is preserved.
Additionally, on a more local level, we fund community groups such as the Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center in Los Angeles, to provide safe places for bereaved children to share their feelings and comfort one another through a loss.
These local centers make what feels like a unique experience—losing a loved one—less isolating and serve as a way for us to connect, understand, and support children who are grieving. We also continue to invest in systems of support, focusing on the people and places that, like us, help to ensure that children feel supported and able to communicate their feelings.
New York Life’s Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative was launched in October 2018 and has reached more than 25,000 school c ommunity members in over 1,000 schools in 46 states. The initiative has generated strong engagement among New York Life’s workforce, with nearly 1,800 agents and employees participating in the program to better equip educators and school communities to support grieving students when they return to the classroom.