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Using the CBEM to Elevate the Conversation about Childhood Bereavement

Judi's House/JAG Institute has created this toolkit to help others use the recently released Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) to improve public awareness about the magnitude of childhood bereavement. Explore this toolkit and download customizable materials including sample newsletter content, 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. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM.


Getting Started

The content below is ready to be customized with CBEM data for your state. Review the nationwide report and your state’s full PDF infographic report to find data for your community, then cut and paste the content below and download state-level JPG images to share on social media.

  • Materials, including a downloadable version of this toolkit, are available at: www.judishouse.org/cbem_toolkit.

  • Please include the CBEM link, www.judishouse.org/CBEM, and hashtags #childhoodgrief and #cbem when sharing.

  • The state infographics are made for sharing a full picture of childhood bereavement prevalence in your community. Download your state's PDF to send as an attachment with proposals or emails, or print to use as leave-behinds at meetings and awareness events.


Social Media

Download shareable infographics with national and state data at: www.judishouse.org/cbem_toolkit. Then cut and paste the content below, filling in information for your state where indicated.  

Facebook/LinkedIn

Share Image: U.S. Prevalence Rates Image – Download

Post text: According to recent estimates from @JudisHouseDenver, 1 in 15 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach age 18. This means more than 4.8 million U.S. youth are bereaved—and this number more than doubles by age 25. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM. #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: U.S. Prevalence Map – Download

Post text: Childhood bereavement varies greatly across the U.S. West Virginia has the highest concentration of bereaved children with a rate of 11.4%, while Minnesota ranks lowest with a rate of only 5.0%. <State> is ranked <State Rank> with a rate of <State Total Bereaved Percent>%. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM. #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: Your State Prevalence Rates Image – Download

Post text: 1 in <State Rate> children in <State> will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach age 18, according to recent estimates. Childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on future wellbeing. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM. #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: Cost of Inaction Chart – Download

Post text: Experiencing a significant death during childhood often results in profound stress and adversity and, without appropriate support, can derail a child’s development. For the <State Total Number Bereaved by 18> <State> youth who are bereaved, access to grief-focused care and resources is essential. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM. #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Twitter

Share Image: U.S. Prevalence Rates Image – Download

Tweet text: According to recent estimates from @JudisHouse, 1 in 15 US children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach adulthood. Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Tweet Text: Did you know that more than 4.8 million US youth will suffered the death of a parent or sibling before they turn 18—and that this number more than doubles by age 25. Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: U.S. Prevalence Map – Download

Tweet text: Childhood bereavement varies greatly across the US. WV has the highest concentration of bereaved children with a rate of 11.4%, while MN ranks lowest with a rate of only 5%. Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Tweet text: <State Abbreviation> is ranked <State Rank> in childhood bereavement with a rate of <State Total Bereaved Percent>%. This is <lower or higher> than the national rate of 6.8%.  Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: Your State Prevalence Rates Image – Download

Tweet text: 1 in <State Rate> children in <State Abbreviation> will experience the death of a parent or sibling before age 18. Childhood bereavement is a critical #publichealth issue that can have a profound impact on future wellbeing. Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM

Share Image: Cost of Inaction Chart – Download

Tweet text: For the <State Total Number Bereaved by 18> <State Abbreviation> youth who are bereaved, access to grief-focused care and resources is essential. Without appropriate support, stress and adversity caused by a death can derail a child’s development. Learn more: www.judishouse.org/CBEM #childhoodgrief #CBEM


Sample Article/Letter

Add your state’s data and use the following article in your newsletter, on your blog, or as an email or letter to constituents, policy makers, funders, or other community members.

New Childhood Bereavement Prevalence Data Released

According to the recently released Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), an estimated 4.8 million children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach adulthood—and this number more than doubles by age 25. Childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on future wellbeing but has long been overlooked.

In <State>, the childhood bereavement rate is 1 in <State Rate>, affecting more than <State Total Bereaved Percent>% of youth in our community. Experiencing a significant death loss during childhood often results in profound stress and adversity and, without appropriate support, can derail a child’s development. For the <State Total Number Bereaved by 18> <State> youth who are bereaved, access to comprehensive grief-focused, trauma-informed care and resources is essential. We must invest in awareness and prevention, to ensure a compassionate response to all grieving children and promote healthy growth. Learn more about childhood bereavement rates in <State> and throughout the U.S. at www.judishouse.org/CBEM.


Action Plan

Download this worksheet to spark ideas about other ways you can help elevate the childhood bereavement conversation in your community. The action plan contains questions you and your colleagues can answer to get you thinking about new ways to use and share the CBEM data. – Download


FAQ

What is the CBEM?
The Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) is a quantitative statistical tool developed by Judi's House/JAG Institute that uses population metrics to approximate prevalence rates of U.S. children and youth who will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they reach adulthood. This accessible resource can be utilized to improve public awareness about the issue of childhood bereavement, conduct community-level assessments to identify service needs, better evaluate the social impact of unaddressed grief, and ultimately, contribute to improved public health outcomes. Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

Who is Judi’s House/JAG Institute?
Judi’s House/JAG Institute is a research-based nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families. Our vision is that no child should be alone in grief.

How should I cite the CBEM?
Understanding Childhood Grief in the U.S.: Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model, (2018, June). Retrieved from http://www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Learn more about the CBEM at www.judishouse.org/CBEM or use the inquiry form for with questions.



The Judi’s House/JAG Institute Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) has been generously supported by the New York Life Foundation.