Children's Grief Awareness Day




What is Children's Grief Awareness Day?

  • November 21, 2013

  • A day designed to increase awareness of the impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child

  • An opportunity to recognize and support the thousands of grieving children in our community, and the grieving children we see and know in our daily lives

  • A day to ensure that these children receive the support they need during this difficult time


Why does Children’s Grief Awareness Day Matter?


A recent survey shows that 1 in 9 American children lose a parent before the age of 20. If grief remains unresolved, these children may become:

  • 5 times more likely to die from suicide

  • 9 times more likely to drop out of High School

  • 10 times more likely to engage in substance abuse


How to get involved in Children’s Grief Awareness Day:

  •  Join Lost & Found at Springfield Cares Magazine on November 1st for an art exhibit featuring the 2013 Children's Grief Awareness Day poster contest winners, luminaries created by Lost & Found group participants, and light refreshments- Join the Facebook event here.

  • Pick up a blue and orange bracelet from Lost & Found at the Art Walk to show your support
  • Display a blue ribbon outside of your home or business to show your support of grieving children during the month of November

  • If a co-worker has died, get fellow co-workers to write brief favorite memories of that person to be placed in a notebook and presented to the family and children

  • If you know someone who has lost a loved one, share a picture, tell a story or share a memory of that person with your friend

  • Post your support of Children's Grief Awareness Day on Facebook or Twitter using #HelpHopeHeal

                                                                                                       


If you wish to be a part of activities for this important day and would like ideas or assistance, please call Lost & Found at (417) 865-9998.



                                                                                                                                                                              

Funding for this project was provided in part by The Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.
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