In the United States it is estimated that one child out of every 20 will have a parent die before they graduate from high school — and that number doesn’t include those who experience the death of a brother or sister, a close grandparent, aunt or uncle, or friend.
Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child and to recognise and support the millions of grieving children across the nation.
A toolkit is available on the Children’s Grief Awareness Day website. People are encouraged to:
- wear blue on Children’s Grief Awareness Day
- raise awareness of grieving children and Children’s Grief Awareness Day by visiting the Children’s Grief Awareness Day Facebook page and taking part in the conversation.
Hope the Butterfly was created to spread this message of hope to grieving children across the world: “it won’t always hurt so bad.”