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Using the CBEM to Elevate the Conversation about Childhood Bereavement

Judi's House/JAG Institute created the CBEM Toolkit to improve public awareness about the magnitude of childhood bereavement with the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) . Explore this toolkit to download national and state reports, and to find customizable materials including sample newsletter content, social media posts, and state specific graphics. Join us in elevating childhood bereavement to a public health issue by adapting these resources and providing education and awareness in your community.  Learn more at www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

Getting Started

This content is ready to be customized with CBEM data for your state. Review the national report and your state’s report to find data for your community, then cut and paste suggested content and download corresponding images to share on social media.

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

  • 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 images with national and state data 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 14 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach age 18. This means more than 4.9 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. The highest concentration of bereaved children is in West Virginia, where 11.9% will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. The lowest concentration is in California, where 5.1% of children will become bereaved. <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 by age 18, according to recent estimates. Childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on future well-being. 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 14 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 4.9 million US youth will suffer 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. West Virginia has the highest concentration of bereaved children with a rate of 11.9%, while California ranks lowest with a rate of 5.1%. 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 7.0%.  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 by age 18. Childhood bereavement is a critical #publichealth issue that can have a profound impact on future well-being. 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 to use the following article in your newsletter, on your blog, or as an email to constituents, donors, policy makers, funders, and other community members.

 New Childhood Bereavement Prevalence Data Released

Long overlooked, childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on future well-being.  According to the 2019 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), approximately 4.9 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.

In <State>, 1 in <State Rate> children will become bereaved due to the death of a parent or sibling by age 18.  Childhood bereavement affects <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> grieving youth in <State>, access to comprehensive grief-focused, trauma-informed care and resources is essential. We must invest in awareness and prevention to ensure a compassionate response that promotes healthy growth for all grieving children. Learn more about the magnitude of bereaved children 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 to get you thinking about new ways to use and share CBEM data. – Download


FAQ

What is the CBEM?
The Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) is a statistical tool developed by Judi's House/JAG Institute that 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 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 2019 CBEM?

Judi’s House. (2019).  Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model: Understanding Childhood Grief in the U.S.  Retrieved from www.judishouse.org/CBEM.

Why are the 2019 CBEM results different than the 2018 CBEM results?

The CBEM aggregates data from the most recently available 5-year period.  CBEM reports and accompanying materials are updated annually.  Please click HERE for a more detailed explanation of differences between the 2018 and 2019 CBEM reports, and visit the CBEM Methodology and Sources page to learn more about the model.

How do I access CBEM reports from prior years?

Please visit the CBEM Archive.  2018 is the first year CBEM reports were made available. 

How do I get customized childhood bereavement information for my local area?

There are two ways: 1. Click HERE to submit a request for proposal to become a Childhood Bereavement Changemaker2. Click HERE to request a customized report.

 Where can I find help related to substance misuse?

·       Eluna Network

·       Judi’s House/JAG Institute compilation of national resources for families affected by addiction

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Learn more about the CBEM at www.judishouse.org/CBEM and visit www.judishouse.org/cbem-inquiry to request additional information.



Judi’s House/JAG Institute partnered with the New York Life Foundation to help support grieving children and families by creating the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM).