Childhood Bereavement Resources

Childhood bereavement is one of society’s most overlooked, least understood, yet pervasive social issues

One in 14 American children will lose a parent or sibling before age 18, and the majority of children experience a significant loss by the time they complete high school. Recognizing the critical need to provide greater support to grieving children and their families, the New York Life Foundation has made childhood bereavement a key focus area over the past decade. New York Life Foundation has developed a site with dedicated children's bereavement and grief resources and information:

Additional resources:

National Bereavement Resource Guide
Grief support organizations and resources across the country are listed by state.

Provides support for children and families impacted by grief or addiction.

Supporting Grieving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
All grieving children need support and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) need special care and attention around grief rituals as well as their understanding of death.

National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG)
Raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Dedicated to supporting students through crisis and loss.

Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative
New York Life’s nationwide effort to better equip educators and other school personnel to care for grieving students.

Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Created a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.

The Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center's Virtual Learning Library
The TAG Center's Virtual Learning Library offers free webinars and resources focusing on childhood trauma and grief to key audiences: parents and caregivers, mental health clinicians, educators, health care providers, law enforcement, and other professionals working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and loss.