Children's Grief Awareness Week ran 19-25 November 2020.
The Week is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK show solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraising for their service.
In 2020 more than ever, we needed to focus on grieving children in our communities. This year, the theme for the week was tackling isolation, and we encouraged our member services, families and schools to help young people #SaytheWords and reach out to ask for and offer support.
Our new survey of 350 widowed parents has shown how the pandemic has deepened the sense of isolation felt by grieving families.
- 90% widowed parents say that feelings of loneliness or isolation have been more of a problem for them during the pandemic
- 80% report more loneliness or isolation among their grieving children
- 79% say that their grieving children have struggled more with worries and anxiety.
Read our findings here
For CGAW 2020, we encouraged everyone to #SayTheWords.
- If you're grieving, that might mean finding your voice and asking a friend or family member for the support you need
- If you're caring for a child or young person who's been bereaved, it might mean reaching out to acknowledge their loss
- If you work in a school, it might mean having a conversation that shows you care, and making a plan together for managing overwhelming feelings
- If you run a child bereavement service, it might mean raising awareness of how you support children and young people to find the language to describe and understand their grief.
How you can get involved
Families can share on social media how you #SayTheWords to talk about your feelings, ask for support and remember the person who has died.
Services can share examples of the creative activities you use to help children and young people #SayTheWords and communicate with their family and friends.
Schools can request a lesson plan from Grief Encounter or use the CBN Growing in Grief Awareness audit tool to think through how they support grieving pupils and get in touch with their local bereavement service.
Visit the campaign website.
Download the logos and social media assets here
International Children's Grief Awareness Day
The Week finished with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 21 November, a global day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others.
Initiated by the Highmark Caring Place in 2008, the Day is now supported by organisations across the US through the National Alliance for Grieving Children: CBN’s equivalent body there, and is spreading across the world. The day is always held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving in the US.
Children's Grief Awareness Week 2019
CGAW 2019 ran from 15-21 November with the theme #LostforWords.
We were delighted to team up with Grief Encounter, our partners in the Life Matters Taskforce and member services across the UK to plan the Week and launch resources. Read on for more details of what we got up tp.