Life Journey Study

The Society of Actuaries’ Aging & Retirement Strategic Research Program is pleased to make available two reports focused on how families cope with the final years of life. The first report summarizes interviews with the children of recently deceased parents. The second report summarizes an online survey exploring these issues further.


A Report on 40 In-Depth Interviews in the United States and Canada with Adult Children of Recently Deceased Parents

A Report on an Online Survey of 602 Adult Children of Recently Deceased Parents

Thank You

The SOA would like to thank the following individuals for their input on the project:

Anna Rappaport, Chair
Vince Bodnar
Carol Bogosian
Fanny Chan
Sally Hass
Paula Hogan
Howard Iams
Kuroiwa-san Kazuo
Kusakabe-san Kenji
Cindy Levering
John Migliaccio
Hector Ortiz
Beth Pickenpaugh
Sara Rix
Richard Schreitmueller
Linda Stone
Sandra Timmermann
Don Walker
Steven Siegel, SOA Sr. Research Actuary
Barbara Scott, SOA Sr. Research Administrator

Questions or Comments?

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