What is the CBEM?

The Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) is a tool developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, that approximates rates of U.S. children and youth who will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they reach adulthood. The CBEM provides critical data to researchers, practitioners, educators, and policymakers who advocate for the millions of children navigating grief nationwide. This information helps communities evaluate the impact of unaddressed grief, campaign for grief resources, and ultimately, contribute to improved outcomes for grieving families. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

What is Judi’s House/JAG Institute?

Judi’s House/JAG Institute is a research-based nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado devoted solely to helping grieving children and their families find connection and healing. Our vision is that no child should be alone in grief.

How should I cite the 2021 CBEM?

Judi’s House. (2021).  Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.  Retrieved from www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

How are CBEM results generated?

The CBEM aggregates population and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Visit the CBEM Methodology and Sources webpage to learn more about the model.

How do I access CBEM reports from previous years?

The first CBEM reports were released in 2018. Updated reports and accompanying materials are released annually, typically in June. Visit the CBEM Archive to access previous CBEM materials.

How can I stay up to data on CBEM information?

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I have more questions, who can I contact?

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Judi’s House/JAG Institute partnered with the New York Life Foundation to help support grieving children and families by creating the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

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