Childhood bereavement is a universal public health issue that deserves a national response. We are proud to partner with organizations across the U.S. working towards equitable and accessible grief care for all families through resource development, community building, advocacy, and education.

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students was convened by New York Life Foundation, a pioneering advocate for the cause of childhood bereavement, and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, which is led by pediatrician and childhood bereavement expert David J. Schonfeld, MD.

The Coalition created grievingstudents.org, a groundbreaking, practitioner-oriented website designed to provide educators with the information, insights, and practical advice they need to better understand and meet the needs of the millions of grieving kids in America’s classrooms.

Judi’s House/JAG Institute is proud to be a Supporting Member of The Coalition.

The mission of Eluna is to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. They offer innovative resources and programs to address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming, and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. 

Eluna was founded by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer. In 2002, Eluna created Camp Erin which has grown into the largest free bereavement program for children and teens in the U.S. and Canada, with locations serving children in every Major League Baseball city.

Based in Portland, Ore., Dougy Center provides grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share experiences before and after a death. Dougy Center also offers support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children who are grieving.

Judi’s House/JAG Institute is proud to be a founding member of National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), a nonprofit organization that 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 NAGC is the only professional member organization specifically addressing issues about childhood bereavement that offers continuing education, peer networking, an annual symposium, and a national database of children’s bereavement support programs.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.

This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S.

New York Life Foundation is dedicated to helping families in times of grief. To address the gap between those grieving and effective care services, the foundation publishes online grief resources including articles, expert tips, personal stories, and local resources for families, educators, and community members.

We are thankful their continued partnership in funding our efforts to develop and enhance the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

Most recently, the New York Life Foundation released Kai’s Journey a multi-media series that explores grief through the eyes of a child and his family.

OptionB.Org provides tools to help families, friends, and communities build resilience in times of adversity. Founded by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, the OptionB website offers visitors opportunities to read and share personal stories, join groups for solidarity and support, and find information from experts on a variety of topics including grief and loss and raising resilient kids.

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