This Thursday, and every third Thursday in November, is Children’s Grief Awareness Day across the US. With Thanksgiving coming a week later and other holidays soon to follow, the date is purposefully chosen. This is a difficult time of year. If you and others in your circle of family and caregivers are grieving the death of a loved one, their absence is especially difficult now.
The grief of children and teens is unique because of the ways in which they feel and express grief. Thursday, November 21 is a day set aside to remind us of children and teens’ special need for support in their grief. It is a day also to advocate for children and teens and to recognize their needs. A child that is old enough to love is a child that is old enough to grieve.
So what can we do? Wear blue! Blue symbolizes hope. While grief lasts a lifetime, it can ease over time. While we miss the one who has died, there is hope. Wearing blue shows that you care about children who are grieving. If someone asks you, you can tell them about how grieving children need the recognition and support of caring adults.
I invite you to wear blue, take a selfie and post it on your social media accounts on November 21. Use the hashtags #CGADHOPE and #CGCMN. There are many of us who know something of children’s grief, recognize it and are attentive to it. We remember, we are there for each other, we have HOPE.
Alex Treitler, Executive Director
Children’s Grief Connection