From Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, Evermore is making sure that decision-makers see and understand the significant ramifications families face after a child dies.
Nearly 20 million American parents know the devastating and unimaginable reality of losing a child. Whether the deaths are from overdose, suicide, mass casualty events, homicide, accidents, war, stillbirth or medical conditions, families have access to few resources. These Americans need more than your thoughts and prayers.
Our nation can – and must – do better.
We can’t succeed without your help. If a disease caused the continuing physical, mental health and economic programs resulting from the death of a child, it would be considered a serious public health issue.
Those charged with improving the health and well-being of children and families can and must turn their attention to helping families mitigate the cascade of lifelong health, social and economic problems caused by the death of a child.
#1. PROTECT JOBS FOLLOWING A DEATH
Today, there are no national employment protections following the death of a child. If your child dies, your employer can fire you for not showing up the next day. As a nation, we need to protect jobs following a death by making child death a qualifying event for FMLA job protection.
#2. BEREAVEMENT RESEARCH SAVES LIVES
Bereavement causes significant health issue, even premature death among surviving parents and siblings. 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.
#3. MORE SUPPORTIVE 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 support coping, better health and solvency. The death of a child is considered one of the most difficult events a person can experience. We can do better.