Join us alongside the National Alliance for Children’s Grief for the second annual United in Grief Virtual Candlelight Tribute on National Grief Awareness Day, Monday, Aug. 30.
This campaign aims to unite individuals across the nation in recognizing children who are grieving the death of a family member or special person.
An estimated 1 in 14 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. This staggering statistic underscores the need to provide care and support to children and families grieving a death.
No child should be alone in grief. It is time for us to make this vision a reality through raising awareness and providing supporting for each child’s unique grief experience.
Participation in this virtual campaign is easy:
- Download and print the United in Grief candle coloring page
- Write in the name of the person you are honoring
- Color or decorate the sheet creatively
- Share a photo of your candle or simply post a candle image on social media with a message of remembrance and hope using #UnitedInGrief #GriefAwarenessDay
Your participation will serve as a symbol of hope, remembrance, and inspiration.
Together, we stand United in Grief.
- National Grief Awareness Day – Aug. 30 – is dedicated to raising awareness of the myriad of ways individuals cope with loss and reminds us to support people who we know are grieving.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the nation now grapples with a second pandemic for which there is no vaccine – a pandemic of grief. We must work to support those that are grieving as they navigate life after loss.
- According to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model, more than 2.8 million Americans are bereaved due to the death of a parent or sibling during their childhood. What’s more, nearly 5.4 million U.S. children are estimated to experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18.
- Childhood grief has profound impacts on youth, families, and communities. Understanding the magnitude of childhood bereavement is imperative to motivate action that ensures adequate resources are available to those needing care.
- Experiencing a significant death during childhood results in acute stress and adversity that can derail a child’s development without appropriate support. Unaddressed childhood grief and trauma can lead to short-and long-term difficulties including poor academic performance, mental health issues, and early mortality.
- This is not a time to minimize the grief experience. Join us in recognizing the 2.8 million individuals who lost a parent or sibling and for the millions more expected to be bereaved before their 18th birthday. Your candle will serve as a symbol of hope, remembrance, and inspiration. Together, we stand united in grief.
- Sharing the complex emotions of grief can be difficult at any age. Art is a wonderful tool of expression that is especially helpful for children. We encourage you to download the United in Grief coloring page and use the time spent coloring to remember your person and honor children who are grieving across the country.
- Support local grief care organizations by donating, volunteering, or advocating.