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.
Sibling death in childhood is associated with a 71 percent increased all-cause mortality risk among bereaved persons.
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.
Forty-nine percent of husbands and 30 percent of wives died in the nine years following the death of their spouse.
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