Children’s Grief Awareness DaySM
An international observance created in 2008 by the Highmark Caring Place, Children's Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the third Thursday in November (the Thursday before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving). This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season is often an especially difficult time after a death.
Children's Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that often support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. It provides an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need.
In 2023, Children's Grief Awareness Day is Thursday, November 16.
Illuminating HOPE is a virtual gathering of butterflies, each one a message of love and honor and support, in memory of a loved one who has died, or in honor of a grieving child. Learn more about how to participate in Illuminating HOPE.
You can also find Children's Grief Awareness Day on social media.