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1 IN 29 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN THE UK HAVE BEEN BEREAVED OF A PARENT OR SIBLING

44,000 CHILDREN ARE BEREAVED OF A PARENT ANNUALLY IN THE UK

Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK, founded by leading childhood bereavement charity, Grief Encounter,  is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK is from 15-21 November 2019

Now in its fifth year, Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019 is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK will be showing solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraising for their service.

Grief Encounter is delighted to be teaming up with the Childhood Bereavement Network, our partners in the Life Matters Taskforce, and member services across the UK to plan the Week.

THE THEME: LOST FOR WORDS

During the Week, we’ll be encouraging the sharing of ideas on social media #lostforwords about how people can help grieving children and their families – even if they think they don’t know what to say. We want to open up conversations and give bereaved children and young people the language and tools to talk about their experiences. How can you help? You can offer practical help such as cooking a meal or helping out, doing something relaxing together, or finding other ways to communicate and support.

We also hope this will be a chance for our member services to showcase their work, for example

  • creative activities with grieving children and young people – where it doesn’t matter if they feel Lost for Words because they can express themselves through art, music, drama and play
  • training for schools to help staff feel less Lost for Words when a pupil is grieving or the curriculum is covering topics of change, loss and bereavement
  • supportive work with families to help them communicate together and find words again

If you are planning any sort of activity for the week, you can download the logo pack for your publicity here.

PRODUCING A RESOURCE TOGETHER

We will be publishing a short e-book of suggestions from bereaved young people and those supporting them, about how other people can offer support even if they are feeling Lost for Words.

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GO PURPLE!

This CGAW, we are asking you to get involved and help us raise vital funds for bereaved children in the UK. How can you help? You can turn your world purple for one day during the week.

Why not ask your School, College, Organisation or Workplace to G0 Purple! with a purple mufti day, a purple bake sale, go for that purple mani/pedi or decorate the room purple.. all for a donation of £2 a person. For more information, please email jodie@griefencounter.org.uk or download your registration pack here.

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S GRIEF AWARENESS DAY

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The Week will finish with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 21 November, a global day 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.

Initiated by the Highmark Caring Place in 2008, the Day is now supported by organisations across the US through the National Alliance for Grieving Children: CBN’s equivalent body there, and is spreading across the world. The day is always held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving in the US.

Childhood Bereavement Network and Grief Encounter are proud to link to Highmark Caring Place, the organisation who pioneered this in the USA.