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– ADVOCACY UPDATE –

Evermore attaches bereavement care provision to FY21 U.S. budget

For the first time in our nation’s history, bereaved families and professionals from across the United States worked together to add a provision in our nation’s budget that encourages the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress what they are doing to advance bereavement care.

The U.S. House of Representatives instructed nine key agencies to report; however, the U.S. Senate included language that houses bereavement care in NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of Secretary of HHS. Meaning, every HHS agency may report into the Secretary’s office what they are doing to advance bereavement.

This is a significant accomplishment!

Finalized passage of the US FY21 budget is required to ensure this becomes a national priority. 

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Call your Congressional offices in the U.S. House & Senate
to ensure passage of US FY21 and ask to speak to your representatives.

202-224-3121

From Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, Evermore is making sure that decision-makers see and understand the significant ramifications families face after a loved one dies.

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Millions of American families need your help

Whether a family faces stillbirth, suicide, overdose or homicide, more can – and should – be done to help

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Evermore Advocacy

Our Priorities

#1
BEREAVEMENT RESEARCH SAVES LIVES

Bereavement causes significant health declines, even premature death among some survivors, including bereaved parents, siblings and spouses. Yet, our nation spends little to no funding to support the health of family members in the aftermath. We need to better understand the implications of bereavement and how to prevent associated health outcomes.

#2
MEANINGFUL AND TAILORED SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES

Families from all walks of life, all races, all religions and all pockets of the United States should have access to programs that stabilize families and stem health declines. Losing a child to inner city street violence is different than losing an aging father to suicide in rural America. All families, regardless of wealth, geography, religion, culture, race or cause of death, have different needs and require tailored supports and resources.

#3
QUALITY EDUCATION & RESOURCES FOR PROFESSIONALS

Working with bereaved families before, during and after the death of a loved one takes remarkable resolve and compassion. Whether it is law enforcement, medical staff, first responders or death investigators, professionals need more resources to help families cope with the death, its aftermath and the secondary traumas that may ensue. Resources may include how to provide death notification, transition a rescue attempt to a crime scene or how professionals themselves cope with the stresses, traumas and the emotional intensity of the job.

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Please Join Us to Establish the First Ever

White House Office of Bereavement Care

See our petition in Español here: Firme nuestra petición!

Bereavement care in America is broken. Our nation can – and must – do better addressing this invisible public health crisis.

Millions of American families need your help