Children’s Grief Awareness Month

Children’s Grief Awareness Day was first created in 2008, with a blue butterfly to symbolize hope for youth that experience loss. It is observed on the third Thursday of November, as this particular time of year around the holidays can be especially difficult for children in grief.  What was once designated as a day in recognition of Children’s Grief has now turned into raising awareness throughout the whole month of November (and beyond).  

Part of our mission at the Center for Grieving Children is to be an advocate in our greater community to share in resources and provide support to youth and families that are grieving the loss of a loved one.  

Why We Advocate for Childhood Bereavement:  

  • Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) for 2021 reports that 1 in 15 children in the state of WI will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18.  This statistic does not even factor in other significant losses in the lives of children which impact them, like other family members or friends.  
  • Children who experience the death of a loved one often experience feelings of isolation and feel invisible in the struggles that they go through.  

“Children’s Grief Awareness allows us to advocate that any child that is old enough to love is old enough to mourn…. This day/month allows us to highlight what some of the special needs of grieving children are and help others create places where children experiencing grief are safe to openly and authentically mourn. And we know that if our children mourn well, they go on to live well and love well”.   – Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Community Support for Children’s Grief Awareness Day:

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