I was reminded of a fact that is not flattering to our society and culture. As it stands, there are other circumstances and events in life that will cause grief. Remember, grief is pain of mind and many different things can cause pain of mind, sorrow and regret. I recently was invited to speak at a class on the subject of grief. As you might expect, there is a great deal that can be said about that topic. There are some facts that I did not give, even though they relate to the many cultural problems including but limited to the rise in teen suicide. Just a few decades ago, as early as the sixties, our absentee list of homes without fathers was dramatically different from what it is today. According to sources, out-of-wedlock births increased in the black community from 25 percent in 1965 to 73 percent in 2015, while also increasing among whites from 5 percent to 25 percent across the same time period. Overall, the percentage of American children who grew up without fathers increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 41 percent in 1995.
The reason for the increasing absence of fathers is due to the expansion of the welfare state during President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty programs in 1965. "And this makes it all too easy for men to abandon their traditional moral and financial responsibilities. Psychologists call such dependency 'learned helplessness.’" According to the Journal of Research, "Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school; and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.” This also contributes to the increase in teen suicide. Good grief?! This is Sunrise Aftercare, firstname.lastname@example.org.