Understanding and Supporting Young Hearts: Children's Grief Awareness Day
As we approach Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 16th, I want to share a piece of my story with you. When I was a teenager, I experienced the deep sadness of losing someone very close to me. My Mom died from breast cancer when I was only 14 years old. I was struggling following this significant loss, and my Dad had me join a local hospice grief group. That group changed my life and helped me realize I wasn't the only teen who was grieving, and I felt less alone in my grief. This experience was transformative for me. Following participating in grief groups and family counseling, I was asked to start volunteering with the children's bereavement program. It was here that my life's purpose became clear: to support and guide others who are grieving. The loss of my mom has profoundly influenced my path, inspiring me to dedicate myself to helping others as they journey through their own grief. Having lived through these challenges and intense emotions, I bring professional expertise, a profoundly personal understanding, and empathy to my work.
Why This Day Matters
Grief can be a lonely journey, especially for children. Did you know that by the time they turn 18, 1 in 12 children will have experienced the death of a parent or sibling? It's a startling statistic that reminds us of the importance of this day. Children's Grief Awareness Day is more than just a date on the calendar; it's a day to open our hearts and minds to the struggles of grieving children and to offer them our support and understanding.
How You Can Get Involved
Wear Blue on Thursday: By wearing blue on November 16th, you're showing your support for grieving children everywhere.
Educate Others: Share the fact that 1 in 12 children will experience the death of a close family member before they're 18. Let's raise awareness about childhood grief.
Flip the Script Campaign: Join this important campaign to change how we talk about grief. Using grief-informed language is crucial. It’s about choosing words that acknowledge the pain and reality of loss, like saying "died" instead of "passed away."
Learn and Share: Take some time to educate yourself and others about childhood grief. Understanding what these young hearts are going through is the first step in being able to help them.
My Commitment to You
As the owner of Greater Life Grief Counseling, I'm dedicated to providing support and resources to those who are grieving. My journey through grief fuels my passion for helping others. Whether through individual or group counseling, I am here to walk alongside you.
For more information or resources or to get involved further, please visit the links below:
Let's come together on this day to show our support and understanding to all the children who are navigating through their grief. Your support can make a world of difference in their lives.