- Five million Americans grieve the death of a loved one annually; most grieve in silence or alone.
- Loss creates within the human experience a number of emotional disturbances to include: depression, alienation, physical illness, substance abuse, decreased productivity and absenteeism.
- In the year following the death of a loved one, grieving individuals have been shown to have a 93% higher than average risk for auto accidents, a death rate 200% higher than average, and a suicide rate that increases to 242% higher than average.
Statistics taken from Grief Support Network
of Shawnee Mission, KS www.griefsupportnetwork.org