New York Life Foundation Awards Grief Reach Grant to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New York Life Foundation Awards Grief Reach Grant to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA

Mount Auburn Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, announced recently that it has received a $100,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation.

The grant will support the Mount Auburn Hospital/CareGroup Parmenter’s Home Care and Hospice HEARTplay program, an award-winning, free children’s bereavement program that uses the creative arts to help children and teens cope with the illness or death of a loved one.

With this additional funding, HEARTplay will offer expanded bereavement support for children, teens and young adults with disabilities.

It will also allow staff to design curriculum and provide education, training and support to children’s bereavement professionals and programs nationwide.

“We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will help us build our capacity in order to fulfill our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents of Cambridge and its surrounding towns,” said Jeanette Clough, president of Mount Auburn Hospital. “This collaboration enables our organization to grow and to continue supporting the needs of grieving children and their families in the communities we serve.”

“The Grief Reach grant program was initially created to increase access to bereavement services for underserved communities,” said Maria Collins, vice president of the New York Life Foundation. “Since that time, the feedback we received informed our decision to modify the grant program to address the need for organizations to expand their services to resolve gaps in the services they provide. Amending the program will help bereavement organizations to focus on the unmet needs within the audiences they serve through our philanthropic investment and partnership...

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