Children’s Grief Awareness Day will be commemorated nationally on November 20, 2014. This important day of recognition is designed to help raise awareness of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others.
Comfort Zone Camp will help bring awareness to the issue of children’s grief through its inaugural Children’s Grief Relief Week from Nov. 17-21, 2014. The Comfort Zone commemoration will take place through a variety of programs and outreach opportunities to educate the community on how they can support children who have suffered a death in their family.
“Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help people become more aware of the needs of grieving children,” said Mary Beth McIntire, CEO of Comfort Zone. “We are taking the national awareness day a step further by connecting the community directly with resources for grieving children. We know that children grieve in their own way, and often grieve silently. Parents, teachers and caregivers may not be aware of the many resources that are available to help children through this difficult journey.”
Here is a list of daily activities available to the public during Children’s Grief Relief Week:
Monday, November 17: Good Reads for Grief
Many excellent books are available that address the topic of childhood grief. Comfort Zone has selected the best of these and invites participants to provide one of these books to a school’s resource library or to a grieving family or child.
Tuesday, November 18: Grief Relief Tool Kit
Comfort Zone Camp takes this day to connect the public with resources for children’s grief through a Grief Relief online tool kit. This includes its website Hello Grief (www.hellogrief.org) that gives families the opportunity to connect with one another online in grief forums.
Wednesday, November 19: Wear Your Support Day
Today is the opening of a temporary Comfort Zone Camp online store with several new items. An even bigger store will be coming in 2015!
Thursday, November 20: Wear Blue Day
Join millions of others across the country who will wear blue as part of Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Take it a step further by wearing blue and posting a video on Comfort Zone’s Facebook Event page in memory of a loved one. You can print out the photo below and fill out your state name in the blank #CZC______.
Friday, November 21: Good Grief Day
Grief never feels good, but good does come from getting involved. There are many ways to do this, and today is the day to make a commitment to support children’s grief. Sign up for a volunteer training session in 2015. Make a donation that will help continue to keep camps free of charge to campers and their families.
About National Children’s Grief Awareness Day
Children’s Grief Awareness Day takes place on November 20, 2014 and is designed to help people 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. For more information, visit www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org.
About Comfort Zone Camp:
Comfort Zone Camp provides children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling with professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills. Programs are held year-round in locations throughout the United States. Comfort Zone also serves the greater community through HelloGrief.org (an online grief support community), the annual Grief Summit (griefsummit.org), and family support groups. For more information, visit www.comfortzonecamp.org.