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.
Community Support for Children’s Grief Awareness Day:
Resources for Children’s Grief:
- National Alliance for Children in Grief (NACG) Non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for grief providers and partners throughout the world to have a place to network and provide advocacy on behalf of children and teens in grief.
- NACG GriefTalk Schools Resource Guides
- NACG Calendar of Events for Children’s Grief Awareness Month
- Children’s Grief Awareness Day (Thursday, November 18) this site provides more information about the origin of Children’s Grief Awareness Day and ways to participate.