Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day and people all over the country are showing their support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one by wearing blue. Bo’s Place, my local grief support center, worked with a local high school origami group to create blue butterflies for volunteers and family members to wear in honor of the day. I proudly pinned my butterfly to my sweater this morning and took the opportunity to tell my college of education students about how they could refer grieving families for free support. Grief, and children’s grief in particular, isn’t an easy subject to talk about. Unfortunately, this means that many community members don’t know what to say or do to help children after the death of a loved one. Children’s Grief Awareness Day gives us an opportunity to share helpful tips, bring awareness to local grief organizations, fund raise, and make our wish for hope and healing visible. So, how can you help?
- Wear blue! Encourage your colleagues and friends to join you and let people know why blue is the color of the day.
- Spread the word through social media. Use Hope the butterfly (shown above) as your profile picture or cover art on your favorite social media site and use the hashtag #cgadhope. You can download logos and images here.
- Find your local grief support center and learn how to refer families for services. Consider volunteering, donating, or helping them spread the word about their work in the community. You can search for a center in your area at the National Alliance for Grieving Children
- Share tips for supporting grieving children with your school, house of worship, or other organization that works with families. You can use this flyer from Bo’s Place.
- Make blue butterfly crafts. You could start a wall of hope where people can write names or messages on blue paper butterflies. Make and wear blue accessories. Wanna make a blue butterfly origami pin like the one from Bo’s Place? Simply follow this instruction video and adhere with a safety pin.
- Learn more about Children’s Grief Awareness Day
Let’s spread a little hope as we approach the holiday season by supporting families that have experienced the death of a loved one.