I didn’t know about this day of observation but I think it is a good thing to bring to people’s awareness. I worked for Hospice for over 10 years with teens who had lost a loved one. Occasionally, I filled in for the leader of the younger children. There were children as young as 3 years old in that group. My heart went out to all of them, but especially the youngest who, when they held the talking stick, would say their name and whom they had lost. Sometimes it would be their mother. But, what always amazed me was their resiliency of spirit. And, in my own journey with grief after the loss of my husband of 24 years, there is definitely a resiliency that exists, especially when we have a faith. I have leaned on God throughout this journey as well as friends and family. We need to provide that safe place for our friends and family when there’s a loss and also encourage that deepening of their spiritual life. If ever there was a time to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it would be after a loss in your life. May you enjoy this post about a great book that I believe will help parents and teachers discuss the important topic of death, loss, and grief.
About the Holiday
Created in 2008 by the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families in Pennsylvania, Children’s Grief Awareness Day is now recognized by organizations around the world. The day seeks to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has on a child and the fact that receiving support can make all the difference in their life as they grieve. It also provides an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need.
The statistics are sobering. Before graduating from high school, one child out of every 20 children will experience the death of a parent. That number does not include those who experience the death of a sibling, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle or cousin, or a friend.
To learn more information on the needs of grieving children and find available resources, visit the
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