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New York Life Foundation
& First Book

Working together to build grief-supportive school environments for all.

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Childhood grief is a deeply profound and often overlooked aspect of a young person’s life. Whether due to the death of a parent, sibling, or close family member, navigating grief at a young age presents unique challenges that can have lasting effects on a child’s emotional well-being and development. 

Since 2008, New York Life Foundation has made Childhood Bereavement a philanthropic priority. Through their efforts, resources, and initiatives have been developed, including but not limited to:

The goal is to address the need for increased support and understanding around childhood grief, helping young people and their families navigate this profound experience.

Equipped with these insights, our partnership has proactively moved to bridge the gaps in grief support and awareness within school communities by creating a range of initiatives aimed at providing meaningful tools and resources for educators, parents, and students.

Resources from First Book and the New York Life Foundation to Support School Communities

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Robust Grief, Loss, and Healing section on the First Book Marketplace

Explore First Book’s curated Grief, Loss, and Healing section, offering nearly 80 books and resources tailored for children aged 0-18.

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Community Care Credits

First Book eligible schools/programs can apply for funding to purchase books and resources supporting children’s resilience, offering comfort, coping techniques, and guiding grief and loss conversations during acute bereavement situations.

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Free Resources and Conversation Guides

Access free resources with actionable tips and strategies to support grieving students and their families. Available in English and Spanish.

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Rapid Response Grants

After mass shootings or community tragedies, First Book and the New York Life Foundation swiftly offer support and funding opportunities to affected communities, aiming to provide educators, counselors, and psychologists with books for impacted students.

New York Life Foundation and First Book Launch a Series of Public Service Announcements

Strength comes in many forms, and a book can be one of them.

Launching in 2024, the PSA series draws inspiration from New York Life’s “Kai’s Journey” book series, serving as a tangible tool for grief support and awareness through storytelling. These PSAs were designed to empower and equip those working with bereaved children and families by highlighting resources from First Book and the New York Life Foundation, while sparking a national conversation on child grief, an often overlooked issue.

… In the education field we are constantly looking for meaningful resources for our students. Because of the level of need for grief resources, I feel books are an amazing place to start.

First Book Educator

Thank you so much for your donation and contribution. You and New York Life are making a difference in our lives. I never thought El Paso would be experiencing such a painful event. People and organizations like yours make us feel that we are not alone. Thank you on behalf of our students and community. God Bless you.

Tirsa, First Book Educator

I am not sure even where to begin. I am completely speechless. Thank you so much for your generosity. Your kindness is humbling. We will be placing our order very soon and we are so grateful to be allowed the opportunity to select from so many wonderful titles. Thank you once again for helping our school and reaching out to our community during these troubling times. We can’t thank you enough!

Lori, First Book Educator

New York Life Foundation &
First Book Partnership Impact

Books & Resources Distributed
Educators Engaged
Children Reached
Community Care Credits Distributed
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