How to support Children's Grief Awareness Day, November 18

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Children's Grief Awareness Day is 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. Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

Before they graduate from high school, one child out of every 20 children will have a parent die—and that number doesn't include those who experience the death of a brother or sister, a close grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or friend.

Children who have experienced the death of someone important to them often feel like their struggles are invisible to those around them. They eventually go back to school; they may resume their normal activities and certainly look like they are "normal" - and yet they often feel different, alone and not understood.

There are many children grieving among us.

But there is help out there - through organizations like hospice and Rainbows, and also through a very special peer-to-peer support program offered through the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children in Barrie.

Lisa Spinks from the Seasons Centre, joined Jason and Carey to talk about the things that community members can do to show their support during November, which is Children's Grief Awareness Month, and November 18 (the third Thursday in the month) which is Children's Grief Awareness Day - and it involves the colour BLUE.

Listen to our chat below:

 

Kimberly Thomson, National Director of Rainbows for All Children Canada Inc., explains why it is so important to help children deal with grief and trauma while they are young.

Listen to our chat below:

 

Learn more about Seasons Centre here.

Learn more about Rainbows here

Learn more about Children's Grief Awareness Day here