According to New York Life Foundation research, a parent’s death usually severely impacts a child. 85% of children experience difficulty sleeping, angry outbursts, worry, depression, bed-wetting, and thumb-sucking. Some of these behaviors may fade, but in time other problems, such as lack of confidence and preoccupation with illness, are likely to continue. Research also shows that unresolved childhood grief can lead to higher rates of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, recurring illness, decreased productivity, substance abuse, and suicide.
The Morgan Ashlye Fox Foundation relies on voluntary charitable donations to support children and their families following the death of a parent.