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Foundation Finds Gaps in Support for the Bereaved

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The New York Life Foundation says many employers could do more to help workers affected by the loss of loved ones.

Only 49% of employed U.S. adults surveyed earlier this year who were affected by the loss of a loved one said their employers took active steps to tell them about bereavement leave policies, and 19% said their companies and colleagues did nothing at all to support them, according to a compilation of the survey results.

About 21% of the survey participants who used bereavement leave reported being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the employers’ bereavement leave policies.

The New York Life Foundation talks about bereavement support gaps in a summary of results from one poll conducted in August and a second poll conducted in October.

The samples in both polls included about 4,400 U.S. adults.

The foundation began a major effort to back support programs for grieving children in 2011. In recent years, it has added efforts to help employers support grieving workers.

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