Life With Grief Research

More Americans are grappling with the childhood loss of parents and siblings than may be commonly thought – and its impact is immense and spans well into adulthood, according to the results of a groundbreaking national childhood bereavement survey released by  Comfort Zone Camp, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of bereavement camps.

  • 1 in 9 Americans lose a parent before age 20; 1 in 7 will lose a parent or sibling before age 20
  • 72% believe their life would have been “much better” if their parent hadn’t died so young
  • 3 out of 4 times women are the surviving parent

Media Materials, and Inquires

Exploring Grief’s Landscape: A National Research Perspective
A white paper on the national grief and bereavement research. Download PDF version

Key Findings: General Population Survey
A two page summary of key findings. 

General Population Survey Results
Full survey results.

General Population Survey Results – Gender
Compares results by gender. 

Survey Related Press Releases

After Losing a Spouse, Surviving Parents Struggle to Cope, Communicate and Get Help For Their Kids
Survey of surviving parents find:

  • 82% agree that loss is “the worst thing that ever happened to me”
  • 69% often worry about how their children are coping
  • Over a quarter at least sometimes avoid talking about their deceased spouse for fear of upsetting their kids

One in Seven Americans Lose a Parent or Sibling Before Age 20
More Americans are grappling with the childhood loss of parents and siblings than may be commonly thought-and its impact is immense and spans well into adulthood, according to a groundbreaking survey released by Comfort Zone Camp.

Women Tend to Bear the Brunt
Experiencing loss as a child takes a tremendous toll on the entire family, but the survey indicates that for women, the effects tend to be more immediate, more profound, and more enduring than they are for men.

Grief Tip Sheets: Helping the Bereaved
Includes 1) The Surviving Parent: How to Proactively Help Your Grieving Family, 2) Children Grieve Differently: Common Reactions by Age Group, 3)What Grieving Teens Want Parents to Know: Quotes from Teens