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Evermore is dedicated to making the world a more livable place for bereaved families. We believe America’s bereavement care is broken and grieving families deserve legal protections and state-of-the-art support. Every day, we work to bring the most advanced and sophisticated bereavement care system to all Americans. Anything less is downright unAmerican.

PRESS RELEASE

Evermore successfully led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to secure job and wage protections in President Biden’s American Families Plan. Now, these protections sit in Congress. With less than a month to act, now is the time to protect American families.

KEY FACTS

Bereaved Parents

By age 60, nine percent of Americans have experienced the death of a child. By 70, 15 percent of American parents have lost a child. By age 80, 18 percent of American parents have experienced the death of a child.

Scientific evidence indicates that bereaved parents are more likely to suffer more depressive symptoms, poorer well-being, less purpose in life, more health complications, marital disruption, psychiatric hospitalization, and even premature death for both mothers and fathers as early as age 40.

Twenty-nine percent of black families report the death of a child, 20 percent of Hispanic families report the death of a child, 17 percent of white families report the death of a child.

Black Americans were two and a half times more likely to lose a child by the age of 20. By age 50-70, black Americans were three times more likely than whites to lose a child. By age 80, black Americans are more than four times more likely to lose a child when compared to white parents.

 

Bereaved Siblings

Sibling death in childhood is associated with a 71 percent increased all-cause mortality risk among bereaved persons.

 

Bereaved Children

Two million American minor children have a deceased biological mother or father.

Young children are more likely to be expelled from school, repeat a grade, less likely to be in gifted education programs and have a disability.

 

Bereaved Spouses

Forty-nine percent of husbands and 30 percent of wives died in the nine years following the death of their spouse.

For more information, see our Key Facts webpage.

Media Highlights

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Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to COVID. Where’s Help For Them?

June 2021

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Space to Grieve: One Woman’s Courage to Take On a Broken System

May 2021

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‘Everybody Needs Time’: Open Letter Urges President Biden To Create National Bereavement Leave Policy

May 2021

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The Grief Crisis Is Coming

April 2021

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‘Pandemic Grief’ Proves Especially Devastating And Complex For Many In Mourning, Health Experts Say

April 2021

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The Pandemic Is Becoming A Grief Crisis

March 2021

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Comprehending the trauma a year into the pandemic

March 2021

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Lack of Bereavement Leave and Other Policies Fail Bereaved Families

February 2021

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As Grief Sweeps Nation from Violence, COVID-19 Deaths, Survivors ‘Suffering in Silence’

January 2021

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Joyal Mulheron and Casey Affleck on the State of Bereavement Care in the U.S.

January 2021

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Weekend Update Interviews with Evermore and Ken Feinberg

As COVID-19 Continues to Spread, Many Want The White House To Help America Mourn

November 2020

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There’s A Racial Gap Even In Bereavement

April 2020

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NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE

BEREAVEMENT CARE IN AMERICA IS BROKEN: A CALL TO ACTION

January 2020

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Evermore Wall Street Journal

Companies Should Better Accommodate Grief

November 5, 2019

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Evermore Washington City Paper

As Homicides Continue To Rise In D.C., Parents Of Gun Violence Victims Reflect On Their Open Wounds

January 2019

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Evermore Virginia Tech

HOKIE BUILT For A Better Tomorrow

Spring 2018

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‘She Wanted To Be With Her Daughter’

February 2017

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THIS LIFE: HER CHILD DIED, AND NOW SHE HEADS A CLUB THAT NO ONE WANTS TO JOIN

December 2017

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The pain from the loss of an infant may linger forever

May 2016

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Bereavement care in America is broken. Evermore believes our nation can, and should, do better.