Data & Statistics

Childhood Bereavement: A Critical Issue

An estimated 5.6 million children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. Childhood grief has profound impacts on youth, families, and communities. In partnership with the New York Life Foundation, Judi’s House developed the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) to understand the magnitude of the issue. The CBEM approximates rates of U.S. children and youth who will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they reach adulthood.

This information helps communities evaluate the impacts of unaddressed grief, campaign for grief resources, and ultimately, contribute to improved outcomes for grieving families everywhere.

The 2022 National CBEM Report is available now. The report reflects the early impact of the pandemic through the analysis of CDC mortality data from 2016-2020 and includes alarming cause of death trends during this time period. Download the national report for more details and stay tuned for updated state reports in May.

The information presented on the CBEM site and in the accompanying materials aggregates data from 2014 to 2018. The information will be updated annually as new data are available.

CBEM ToolKit Available for Download with State and County Specific Estimates

Judi’s House/JAG Institute has created a toolkit to help others use the recently released 2020 CBEM data to improve public awareness about the magnitude of childhood bereavement. Explore this toolkit and download customizable materials including key messages, social media posts, and graphics for your state.

These resources can help you quantify and contextualize childhood bereavement as a public health issue in your community to help you bring more awareness and funding to this largely overlooked issue.