Children's Grief Awareness Week runs in November each year.
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.
Read on for details of last year's Week.
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.
For CGAW 2019, we encouraged the sharing of ideas on social media about how people can help grieving children and their families - even if they think they don't know what to say. This could be through practical help such as cooking a meal or helping out, doing something relaxing together, or finding other ways to communicate and support.
The week was also a chance for our member services to showcase their work, for example
- creative activities with grieving children and young people - where it doesn't matter if they feel Lost for Words because they can express themselves through art, music, drama and play
- training for schools to help staff feel less Lost for Words when a pupil is grieving or the curriculum is covering topics of change, loss and bereavement
- supportive work with families to help them communicate together and find words again
Organisations planning activity for the week were able to download the logo for their publicity here: verson 1 and version 2.
Lost for words
Many bereaved children are left #LostForWords by death, others simply haven’t enough words to express themselves.
We are delighted to have collaborated with our Life Matters partners on a new resource to mark CGAW 2019, which shares supportive words and emojis from children who know how it feels.
Conceived and edited by Sunday Times Bestselling author, family bereavement blogger and Life Matters chair Benjamin Brooks-Dutton, the book is made up of quotes, advice and emojis crowd-sourced from children bereaved from birth to late teenage years.
Download Lost for Words [pdf 1.5MB]
Manifesto for Grieving Children
In 2019, Children's Grief Awareness Week fell during a General Election campaign. This gave a great opportunity to raise issues affecting bereaved children, young people and their families with local candidates, and ask them what they would do to improve support if they were elected.
Read our Manifesto here.
International Children's Grief Awareness Day
The Week will finish 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.