Evermore is making the world a more livable place for bereaved families.
When a child dies, at any age and from any cause, it begins a cascade of changes that fundamentally shift the way parents and families live their lives. These hardships can pervade every aspect of life, creating formidable, and, in many cases, insurmountable, challenges for those left behind. This year, 400,000 American families will lose a child and experience the all-too-real reality of life after loss.
According to the National Academies of Science, the death of a child is the most prolonged and enduring stress a person can experience, proven to negatively impact an individual’s physical, psychological, emotional, social, financial, and spiritual well-being. 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. Contrary to popular understanding, some evidence indicates that the older the child, the more devastating the impact may be on a family.
Unlike many public health crises, child death is an indiscriminate issue, transcending boundaries of race, religion, geography, ability and marital and socioeconomic status and marking a profound shift in a family’s well-being and stability. Still, the issue remains under-researched, underfunded and glaringly unaddressed at all levels of society. Evermore was founded to address these societal gaps and to make the world a more livable place for bereaved families.
Every 80 seconds – someone’s child – dies in the United States.
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