To the children and families experiencing loss from COVID-19 – you’re not alone.

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Hidden Pain

Hidden Pain is a platform to honor the stories of children that have lost a caregiver to COVID-19, and provide resources to help them and their families as they rebuild and look to the future. We’re bringing together community organizations, grief groups, government resources, and more to surround these families with a comprehensive network of support. By strengthening the system to support these children and families, we will be helping all children and families who have experienced loss.

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More than 300,000 children in the United States have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19.

“It’s harder than people think, like the dramatic change of your caretaker being there every single day of your life and then all of a sudden they’re gone. Your whole world changes, like everything changes. Every aspect of your life would change. And it happened just like that. People need to understand that everyone copes differently and that a radical change like that can affect you for a long time.”

Age 16, Arizona
Lost father to COVID-19

“It’s a very hard time in your life and you just don’t know what to do… It is difficult to go to sleep at night when you’re thinking of that special person. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re thinking of that person. It is just hard to do stuff when you’re thinking of that person.”
Age 15, Maryland
Lost mother to COVID-19

Find Resources to Navigate Loss

We’ve curated a library of high-quality resources to support families and community champions through every step of the journey. This includes resources for financial services, grief and bereavement, mentoring and non-clinical interventions, and educational support to help your child and family navigate this challenging time.

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The Hidden Pain Report

The Hidden Pain report provides first-of-their-kind estimates of the number of children who have lost a caregiver and concrete recommendations to support them.

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Hidden Pain is an initiative of the COVID Collaborative, a bipartisan coalition of the nation’s leading experts in public health, education, and the economy working together with state and local leaders across America to win the fight against COVID-19.
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