Children's Grief Awareness Week (17-23 November 2016) is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK will be raising awareness of the grieving children in their community, and those supporting them.

The theme for the Week is #MakeTime2Listen – we can all make a difference to make sure that bereaved children and young people’s voices are heard.

We're delighted to be teaming up with Grief Encounter to coordinate a whole week of activities. We’ll be active on social media, and helping you raise awareness in your area. You can use the week to show solidarity with children, young people and their families; raise awareness of their needs; and fundraise for your service. 

How you can get involved

  • Using social media to get attention - read our suggested tweets
  • Help us ask 1 million people to #MakeTime2Listen on Children’s Grief Awareness Day by signing up to the Thunderclap. There’s information about Thunderclaps here.
  • Arranging a meeting with your MP and ask them to support Children's Grief Awareness Week. Here's a guide. As the week gets closer we’ll also be setting up an e-action for you to take.
  • Ordering ribbons from Grief Encounter to show your support and raise funds for your service.
  • Organising an event to raise awareness - or branding an existing event in or around the week as being in support of the initiative. This could be a training event, open day, workshop for families or fundraising event. Download the logo for your publicity here.
  • Telling us about anything you have planned and we can add it to our events map.
  • Sending a news release to your local media outlets to say how you’re supporting the initiative – you can adapt this draft.

Visit to get more support and great ideas for how you can raise awareness and fundraise, as well as details of merchandise you can order in support of the initiative.


The theme for this year's Children's Grief Awareness Week is #MakeTime2Listen.

Key messages

  • 1 in 29 children and young people in our schools have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s roughly one per class.
  • All too often, bereaved children feel as if no-one understands what they are going through
  • They need their families, friends, teachers and communities to listen carefully to them, helping them feel understood and supported
  • Even if they haven’t got words to describe how they are feeling or thinking, family and friends can ‘listen’ to their body language and behaviour
  • A young person might not want to talk right now, but it’s helpful for them to know someone is there to listen when they are ready
  • Parents and carers shouldn’t have to cope alone. Family, friends, colleagues, schools and the government all have a part to play in listening to grieving children
  • Specialist support services should be available in all local areas for all grieving children and their families that need them – wherever they live and however they have been bereaved – helping them realise someone is listening
  • #MakeTime2Listen this Children’s Grief Awareness Week and throughout the year


Cgad LogoThe Week kicks off with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 17 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.