Please Join Us to Establish the First Ever
White House Office of Bereavement Care
See our petition in Español here: Firme nuestra petición!
Our nation is facing unprecedented mortality crises — gun violence, death by suicide, overdose, COVID-19 — Americans need help. Our government must acknowledge those surviving these life-altering events and track a death’s ramifications in families. The toll and tax of losing our loved ones on our American psyche has never been greater. No longer can we allow bereavement to go unacknowledged, unattended or unaddressed. We believe in an America where bereavement care is the rule, not the exception.
We strongly urge The White House to establish the first-ever Office of Bereavement Care to respond to this American crisis urgently and with the fullest extent of its authority.
This distinguished Office will:
- Provide a comprehensive vision that engages American families, communities, frontline providers and grief experts and support organizations;
- Develop a plan with measurable goals and objectives measuring advancements in bereavement care for all Americans and the Americans that serve them;
- Coordinate a centralized bereavement care strategy across U.S. government agencies; and
- Provide an action plan to address bereavement care as an urgent public health crisis for our nation.
We acknowledge that bereaved parents, children, spouses and siblings are all at-risk of premature death as a result of their loss. The statistics are alarming and personal stories breathtaking.
The death of a loved one is a shared human experience that transforms our lives, health, and prosperity. We cannot accept that bereaved individuals and families should cope with little to no help, rights or policy protections.
Whereas, we the people believe that our nation’s most respected leader should establish the first-ever White House Office of Bereavement Care to address this invisible, prevalent public health crisis.
As a citizen of this great nation, I hereby add my name as my expression of my belief that the President of the United States should establish a White House Office of Bereavement Care.
Get the facts:
Today, an estimated two million youth have lost a parent.
According to the Institute of Medicine, the death of a child is one of the greatest and most enduring stresses a person can experience.
Approximately eight million American siblings under the age of 25 have lost a brother or sister.
There are approximately 15 million bereaved spouses in the United States.
Across the life course, Black and Brown Americans are more likely to experience the death of children, spouses, siblings and parents when compared to their White counterparts.