Sesame Workshop, the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street and more, has released new resources during Children’s Grief Awareness Month to support young children and their families who are coping with grief and loss. With philanthropic investment from the New York Life Foundation, one of the largest funders and champions in the childhood bereavement field, children and families dealing with the death of a loved one will have access to new resources that can help them cope. As the holidays approach, the absence of loved ones can be felt even more deeply. One in twelve children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18. About 5 to 10 percent of children show issues that include but are not limited to higher rates of depression and anxiety, higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse disorders, and lower levels of educational success. It is estimated that over 1 million children suffered the death of a parent, main caregiver, or grandparent due to the pandemic, with families from Black and Hispanic communities at a higher rate of COVID-19 mortality. Yet there are very limited resources to discuss this traumatic experience or event with children in ways that are developmentally appropriate and provide both understanding as well as comfort.
The wait is over! iiZO, Toho International’s premier online store for every fan, is now live! After months of anticipation, the anime shop has announced a lineup of items that connects fans with their favorite shows, from My Hero Academia to Spy x Family to Jujutsu Kaisen, and more! iiZO, named after the Japanese colloquial term of agreement meaning “Yeah!” or “Great!,” leverages Toho International’s expertise in anime and its direct connection to Japan to provide fans with the coolest merchandise from their favorite anime titles.