Today, November 21st, is National Grieving Children’s Awareness Day. 1 in 7 young people will lose a parent or sibling by the age of 20. Here is a little history about how today came to be... Children's Grief Awareness Day began in Pennsylvania in 2008. In just five years, thousands of schools, businesses and organizations, along with local, state and national leaders from across the U.S. all have worked in many ways to raise awareness of grieving children and to change the culture in schools and communities by making death and grief an "OK" topic.
Here are five ways you can support grieving children and teens:
1.) Today’s awareness day is one week before Thanksgiving as a reminder that for grieving children and teens the Holiday season can be a very difficult time for them. You can offer your listening ear, pray with them, share memories or simply be there for a grieving child or teen, especially during this season when they are missing their loved one.
2.) Write a note to a young person who has had a loss in their life or to someone you know who had a loss years ago when they were a child or teen. Let them know you are praying for them.
3.) Pray for the parent(s) of grieving children and teens. They are hurting deeply and can sometimes lose sight of taking care of themselves during grief. Pray that they feel God’s presence and great love surrounding them as they take care of themselves and their children.
4.) If you know of a grieving child or teen, and you would like more information on how C2H2 can support them, click here to contact Michelle.
5.) Pray for C2H2. Pray that this ministry will provide hope for hurting children, teens and their families.
In a world with so much hurt, I am thankful that we have a God who provides healing and hope.