The Numbers:  Children & Grieving

•1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.

(Kenneth Doka, Editor of OMEGA, Journal of Death and Dying)



•In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors,

90%indicated that they had experienced the death of a loved one.




•Mortality rates for adults in their 40s and 50s in the past two decades have risen dramatically,

making it more likely that younger children will experience the death of a parent,

or a classmate’s parent.

“Kids are encountering death more often and at a younger age—it’s just inevitable,”

says Gerald Koocher, chief of psychology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

(“Early Grief” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 18,1999)





"It is estimated that 73,000 children die every year in the United States.

Of those children, 83 percent have surviving siblings."

(Torbic, H. “Children and Grief: But what about the children?”

Home Healthcare Nurse. 2011;29(2):67-79)



•"3.5 % of children younger than 18 will lose their mother or father, according to the Social Security Administration. As people now become parents when they are older, this number is likely to increase."



•7 in 10 teachers (69%) currently have at least one student in their class(es) who has lost a parent, guardian, sibling, or close friend in the past year.

Classroom teachers report that students who have lost a parent or guardian typically exhibit:


–Difficulty concentrating in class (observed by 87% of teachers)

– Withdrawal/disengagement and less class participation (observed by 82%)

–Absenteeism(observed by 72%)

–Decrease in quality of work (observed by 68%)

–Less reliability in turning in assignments (observed by 66%)









The Numbers: Baby Boomers



•"America's 76 MILLION Baby Boomers are losing 4,900 of their Parents each day“



•“As baby boomers age, 'we are in for a death boom.’ Grief expert urges support for mourning workers.”



•“Reality of death is hitting baby boomers hard“



•“69% of Americans who lost a parent growing up still think about their parent frequently”





The Numbers:  Military Loss





•15,851 active-duty military deaths since 2006 •“Bond in Grief....At least 10 People are significantly impacted by Each Death of a Service Member in the Military“



•“In 2017, 5,715 new people grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America have connected with TAPS to find comfort and support.

This is a 20% increase over TAPS intake of new survivors in 2016.” df



•“Global armed conflicts becoming more deadly, major study finds” \







The Numbers:   Millennials


“At any given time, roughly 22 percent to 30 percent of college undergraduates

are in their first 12 months of grieving for a loved one:


–a parent, grandparent, sibling or close friend,

according to a Wiley InterScience review of academic studies and mental health research.


–Losing a parent for anyone is unsettling,

but it’s particularly so for this generation of young millennials,

who tend to in marriage, careers and homes than their parents’ generation settle down later


–Fact that millennials are more accustomed to online and social media interactions than face-to-face ones can also be a challenge”



Millennials in particular, a demographic currently in the grip of a loneliness epidemic, are struggling to come to terms with their grief”


“3 Trends Might Make Millennials Better at Grieving Than Baby Boomers –


–Constantly Changing Technology:Millennials are constantly looking for the better option, the faster technology, the clearer sound or the more durable phone. We are in the midst of a digital revolution so they either adapt or fall behind.“


–Digital Age Challenges: One minute they are getting a text that says, ‘So sorry for your loss’ and the next, ‘Want to go to a movie?’ It’s bad enough that we think grief ends in three or four days. With social media it’s reduced to 15 minutes.”


Anticipatory Grief, Caregivers & Loss:

According to AARP, millennials make up 25%—1 in 4—of America’s 40 million unpaid family caregivers””








The Numbers:  International



–"At least 245 million women around the world have been widowed and more than 115 million of them live in devastating poverty”


–“Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top10 causes…Last 15 Years”


–Cancer: “18 million new cases of cancer globally this year and 9.6 million deaths.

More than half of all Cancer Deaths will occur in Asia,home to 60% of the world's population.

Europe accounts for about 23% of cancer cases while

the Americas accounts for 21%. 29 million cases of cancer by 2040 and 16 million deaths “


–Suicide: “Annually, an estimated 48 million people experience grief to Suicide Loss worldwide”


The Canadian context


–In 2017, an estimated 269,000 Canadians will die,

–With each death approximately 5 other people will experience grief

–Canada’s population is aging rapidly, and by 2036,

the number of deaths in Canada is estimated to be 425,000 per year.



United Kingdom


–23,600 parents died in the UK, leaving dependent children (23,200 in 2014). That's one parent every 22 minutes


–In 2015, these parents left behind around 41,000 dependent children aged 0-17 (40,000 in 2014). That's 112 newly bereaved children every day.




“The annual death toll in the country is about 8.9 million, of which,

The number of unnatural deaths in China each year more than 3.2 million”




–“India's death rate according to CIA world factbook is about 7 per 1000.

Based on this, 8.4 million peopledie every year in India which comes to 22,500 per day approximately” and



–“India tops global pollution deaths of 9 million a year: study”









The Numbers:  Pet Loss


•“68% percent of U.S. households, or about 85 millionfamilies, own a pet”


•Pet Loss “Millennials are treating pets like 'their firstborn child’


•“A pet’s death can hurt more than losing a fellow human.

Social norms are wrecking your grief experience”


•“Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously.

Although grief over the loss of a cherished pet may be as intense and even as lengthy as when a significant person in our life dies..

Many of the societal mechanisms of social and community support are absent when a pet dies”


•“Pet cloning is not just for celebrities anymore"



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