Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM)

According to the recently released Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), an estimated 1 out of 14 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach the age of 18. Over 5.2 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, to 13.2 million. Childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on future wellbeing but has long been overlooked.

The CBEM, a statistical tool developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute, approximates prevalence rates of youth within a defined geography who will experience the death of a biological parent and/or sibling by the time they reach adulthood.

The information presented on the CBEM site and in the accompanying materials aggregates data from 2014 to 2018. The information will be updated annually as new data are available. Learn more at

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CBEM 2019

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CBEM ToolKit Available for Download with State and County Specific Estimates

Judi's House/JAG Institute has created a toolkit to help others use the recently released 2020 CBEM data to improve public awareness about the magnitude of childhood bereavement. Explore this toolkit and download customizable materials including key messages, 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.

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Judi’s House. (2020).  Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model: Understanding Childhood Grief in the U.S. Retrieved from