THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020
What is Grief Awareness Day about?
- Grief Awareness Day is observed the Thursday beforeThanksgiving every year.
- Grief Awareness Day is a day focused on bringing to mind allaround us who have experienced the death of a loved one— especially children and teenagers, who typically feel veryalone in the journey of grief they travel.
- Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to let the grievingknow that they’re not forgotten in the midst of their grief.
What can you do to help?
- Join us by wearing blue on November 19 to show your support forgrieving children all around us.
- Spread the word on social media – photograph your class wearing blueand post on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #childgriefday
- Create something artistic with students, whether it is a memory walldecorated with art paper, or Hope chains or thumb print tree.
- Engage in conversations with your students about grief so that you canlearn more about their own experiences.
10 things to know about grief
- Grief is a natural and normal response to death.
- Every person’s grief is unique.
- Grief is not a disease.
- Grief is a lifelong process that changes with time.
- Children grieve differently than adults.
- Children of different ages grieve differently.
- Many adults who had lost a parent when they wereyoung describe the death as the defining momentof their lives.
- Grieving children and adults need support.
- We grieve because we love.
- Grieving children and adults don’t “just get overit” but they can learn to integrate the death (theabsence of the one they love) into their lives.
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