Children's Grief Awareness
The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. Join us in working towards raising awareness of children's grief. You can make a difference in the life of a grieving child!
Every November, the NAGC proudly observes Children's Grief Awareness Month. Our Affiliate members, donors and supporters throughout the country acknowledge this month by wearing blue and hosting awareness events in their communities. Bereaved children are often referred to as the "forgotten mourners". Many bereaved children feel isolated in their grief, unaware that they are not alone. Children's Grief Awareness Month is an opportunity to tell children they are not forgotten and that there is support, hope and healing to be found. The NAGC is committed to advocate for bereaved children and help them find a voice, please join us! Anyone can participate!
2019 Theme: Be an Everyday Hero!
Visit the "Be an Everyday Hero" Campaign Toolkit
Share a Message of Hope
The National Alliance for Grieving Children is committed to serving as a catalyst for leading a national movement to educate, advocate and raise awareness about the needs of grieving children, teens and their families.
Join Our Social Media Campaign: #ChildrenGrieve
- Update your Facebook profile picture to the "November is Children's Grief Awareness Month" picture for part or all of November. (Facebook, visit: Version 1: www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/600251486765988/, Version 2: www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/600251486765988/ For other social media outlets: Right click the image to the right, save to your computer and upload as a profile picture.)
- Share your personal story. Were you bereaved as a child or teen? Consider sharing your experience with vis through a "Dear Me" letter.
- Share a message of hope. #ChildrenGrieve, but they do not need to grieve alone. The following are key messages to share with your social network:
...when people in their lives die.
...in a personal, individual, and unique way.
...within the context of their family, culture, and community.
...the death of someone in their life in different ways at different times.
Children who are grieving a death are supported when...
...parents and caregivers provide attentiveness, warmth, and connection.
...they hear words and see actions that uplift, empower, and encourage them.
...they are prepared for things they might see and experience after the death.
...adults model healthy coping.
...they are given space to experience and express their grief in their own ways.
...they are able to connect with peers who have also experienced a death.
Additional Ways to Help Raise Awareness
Host the NAGC's Fall Webcast and help educate your community. (Registration open through October 30th)
Provide copies of the NAGC's Activity Book "When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book" to the grieving children in your life. Consider donating books to schools, churches, funeral homes or hospices in your area.
Partner With Your Community: Find a children's support center/program in your area and lend them a helping hand.
Learn More About "Children's Grief Awareness Day" and The Highmark Caring Place
Become a member of the NAGC.
Resources to Help Raise Awareness
Childhood grief remains one of society's most overlooked and least understood issues. This lack of community awareness compounds the grief journey that every bereaved family must undergo. By developing a timely, robust body of knowledge around kids' and parents' grief experience - and sharing that knowledge broadly - we hope to raise public awareness and understanding of the prevalence and impact of childhood loss.
Let's redefine the way our world addresses grief. Together we can educate and empower people throughout diverse communities to play a supportive role in the life of a child or teen dealing with a death loss.