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.
Millions of American know the devastating and unimaginable reality of losing a loved one. 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.
Bereavement care in America is broken. Our nation can – and must – do better addressing this invisible public health crisis.
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 loved one.
#1. BEREAVEMENT RESEARCH SAVES LIVES
Bereavement causes significant health issue, even premature death among 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 support coping, better health and solvency. Losing a loved one is considered one of the most difficult events a person can experience. We can help families return to work, stay together and mitigate severe health outcomes.
#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, the aftermath and 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.