Children's Grief Awareness DaySM
Mark Your Calendar! In 2021, Children's Grief Awareness Day is Thursday, November 18!
Virtual Children's Grief Awareness Day
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Highmark Caring Place hosted the First Annual VIRTUAL Children's Grief Awareness Day.
Videos of the day's Presentations, along with links to the Activities Sheets which accompanied some of these presentations, are available:
- Terese Vorsheck, Highmark Caring Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- VIDEO Teen & Parent Speakers on Grief
- VIDEO A Conversation about Grief
- VIDEO Book Reading & Activities
- VIDEO Young Adult Speaker on Grief
- Create your own Butterfly at Hope.CaringPlace.com
2021 Illuminating HOPE
After a loved one dies, there is a sense in which life feels darker, as if some light and color are drained from the world.
The Caring Place has made the darkness a little brighter for grieving children through the Illuminating HOPE campaign, letting them know that we're remembering them in their grief, and helping hope shine a little brighter.
Illuminating HOPE is a virtual gathering of butterflies, each one a message of love and honor and support.
People from all across the world create and contribute butterflies:
- In MEMORY of loved ones who have died
- In HONOR of a child or adult who is grieving
- In SUPPORT of grieving children, adults, and families everywhere
The butterflies are added to a special Butterfly Garden on our Illuminating HOPE website. These messages of transformation and hope show children that they are not alone that they are cared about and supported in their grief. Seen as a whole, this garden is beacon of hope to all who are grieving the death of a loved one. You can add your butterfly of Memory, Honor or Support now.
Virtual Illuminating HOPE mosaic from 2020
Illuminating HOPE display canvases from 2019
Illuminating HOPE display canvases from 2018
Illuminating HOPE display canvases from 2017
Illuminating HOPE display canvases from 2016
A partnership between the Highmark Caring Place and the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion helped to light a path to hope for grieving children.
On the evening before Children's Grief Awareness Day, a giant Butterfly of HOPE made up of thousands of luminary bags lit up the courtyard and the paths of the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion.
These luminary bags helped to light the way to the Butterfly of HOPE, shining not just with candles inside, but with messages of remembrance and encouragement on the outside of the bags as well, written and drawn by Caring Place families, volunteers and partners who want to show their support of grieving children and help them know they are not alone.