Whereas the death of a loved one causes confusion and distress because the child does not understand why the loved one died;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas a grieving child often feels lonely, fearful, and misunderstood, hindering the ability to face feelings and manage grief;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas children have often been called ‘forgotten mourners’ because many people erroneously believe that children are resilient enough to ‘just get over’ grief;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas a grieving child needs to have his or her feelings acknowledged, a listening ear, and the support of caring individuals, such as family members, friends, and others who are also grieving a loss;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas Children’s Grief Awareness Day began in 2008, through grassroots efforts to help others understand the impact of death on children, and the need for support, and to provide ways for adults and young people to show support and solidarity for grieving children;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, immediately preceding the winter holidays, which can be a particularly difficult time for grieving children;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas individuals can participate in Children’s Grief Awareness Day by engaging in activities that raise awareness of the needs of grieving children and by wearing blue on that day as a symbol of support for grieving children;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas, on November 15, 2012, thousands of children and adults from all walks of life and across the United States will join together to show support for grieving children by participating in Children’s Grief Awareness Day; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas November 15, 2012, would be an appropriate day to designate as ‘Children’s Grief Awareness Day’ to help the public understand the devastating impact of the death of a loved one on a child, and of the need for support for grieving children: Now, therefore, be itCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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