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The Brave of Heart Fund

They protect
our families.

We're here to protect theirs.

Start the grant process by verifying your eligibility to apply for a
Brave of Heart Fund grant.

About the Fund

Together, New York Life and Cigna, through our foundations, created the Brave of Heart Fund®, dedicated to providing healthcare workers and their families with peace of mind. The Fund is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19.

In addition, Cigna behavioral health will provide emotional support and services.

If you have lost a family member who is a healthcare worker to COVID-19, please verify your eligibility to apply now.

Verify eligibility

Start the grant process by verifying your eligibility
to apply for a Brave of Heart Fund grant.

Share, Love and Support

Please spread the word - especially with those you know on the front lines - and help us take care of those who take such good care of us.

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Our Impact

Learn how the Fund is supporting the families of our fallen healthcare heroes.

How we've helped



The Hero Art Project

The Brave of Heart Fund has partnered with ARTHOUSE.NYC to present an art exhibit with portraits honoring our fallen healthcare heroes. All portraits in the Hero Art Project exhibit feature healthcare workers who lost their lives fighting COVID-19.

About the exhibit

Coping with COVID-19

Cigna has made available a range of resources to support behavioral and emotional health and well-being. Available to anyone facing challenges related to COVID-19, these resources include advice for coping with stress, fear and anxiety, living with grief and loss, building resiliency, self-care and relaxation techniques, as well as finding childcare and financial best practices in uncertain times. Special topics and on-demand webinars are created especially for healthcare workers.

Find more at Cigna COVID-19 Resource Center

Mindfulness program

Front-line workers can suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. That’s why Cigna launched its Mindfulness for Healthcare Workers program.

It provides training in mindful stress management, acceptance and compassion for all healthcare workers and families.

Live guided-relaxation by telephone will be available.

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM Central Time.
Call-in number: (866) 205-5379

An automated voice will ask you for a passcode: enter 113 29 178 then press #.

Pre-recorded podcasts are available here.

Our Supporters

In addition to the New York Life Foundation and Cigna Foundation, contributions to the Brave of Heart Fund come from many other individuals, foundations, and corporate supporters. With their help, we'll ensure that the families of front-line workers are cared for in their time of need.


Heroes ($2.5M+)

Bank of America

Responders ($500k - $2.499M)

Grief Resources

For 175 years New York Life has helped families in times of grief, and now is no exception. That’s why we're providing a variety of resources to assist grieving families.

Research shows that families who lose a loved one wish they had more support available to them. As a corporate leader in providing childhood bereavement support, New York Life stands ready to help both financially and emotionally, having donated nearly $16 million to educational and bereavement programs in 2019.

Access New York Life’s bereavement resources