Evermore is making the world a more livable place for bereaved families.
Each day, families of every race, religion and walk of life face that devastating and unimaginable reality – their child has died.
Whether the deaths are from overdose, suicide, mass casualty events, homicide, accidents, war, stillbirth or medical conditions, families often have access to few resources.
These Americans need more than your thoughts and prayers.
While an estimated 20 million Americans have experienced the death of a child, the topic receives little attention in our nation’s discourse on public health priorities, health equity, and the well-being of children and families.
Our nation can do better. We are working every day to bring more and better resources to families and the professionals who serve them. It will take millions to change the culture of bereavement care in the United States. We hope you will join us.
Parents aren’t getting the support they need.
Research suggest that adverse physical and behavioral health outcomes would be mitigated by systems that are prepared to provide longitudinal support to bereaved families. Parents have cited pressure to be “over it” several years after the event, and have expressed negative feelings are exacerbated by lingering grief.
Populations with a greater need for bereavement care are less likely to access it.
Study after study notes that findings may not be generalizable because bereavement study participants are more likely to be white and affluent. Authors generally attribute this to a combination of comfort with seeking bereavement support and the means to participate in sessions (transportation, availability during working hours, etc.).
Bereaved parents have the right to parent.
Parents from all walks of life who experience the death of a child of any age have the freedom to experience the death of their child on their terms and in a way that honors the relationship between the parent and child, regardless of geographic or demographic origin.
All deaths are different.
The circumstances surrounding each death are influenced by myriad factors. Categorization of death by disease process or mechanical cause has utility in data collection, but it says nothing of the family’s experience of the event. Parents have described a range of emotions following notification of death or diagnosis of life-limiting illness – extreme emotional shock, numbness, dissociation, blame, and fault to name a few – and their reaction to those emotions is unpredictable.
Parents who experience the death of a child don’t “heal.”
A growing body of evidence shows that parents experience serious longitudinal behavioral and physical health effects following the death of a child. A recent study found that bereaved parents may experience worse health outcomes and reduced well-being compared with their peers eighteen years or more after the death event.