Thursday Nov. 16, 2017

Children's Grief Awareness Day is a day
set aside to support grieving children everywhere and to raise awareness of the impact that the death of a loved one has on children and teens. 

Show your support by letting grieving children know that you are “holding on to HOPE” for them.

1) On Thursday, November 16, bring your family and join us at select Calgary Libraries (Shawnessy, Saddletowne, Country Hills and Village Square). We'll be there between 4 and 6:30 p.m. to help you create and send messages of hope support and encouragement. 

2) Download HOPE the Butterfly and write a message:

  • to remember a loved one

  • or a message of hope for a grieving child or teen. ("I care", "I'm listening." "You are not alone.")


4) Take a picture with you and your butterfly.

5) Post your picture to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Send us your pictures and we will add them to the Butterfly Wall. subject: #CGADHOPE

/hospicecalgary  #CGADHOPE
@hospicecalgary  #CGADHOPE


Did you know?

  • 1 in 20 children will have experienced the death of a parent by the age of 19?

    This means that nearly 15,000 CHILDREN are grieving a parent in Calgary.

    Many more are grieving the death of a sibling, other family member, or friend.   

  • In the last year, Hospice Calgary supported over 1,800 children, teens and families impacted by a death or living with a life-threatening illness.

  • Hospice Calgary receives child and teen referrals for grief support from Alberta Health Services, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Separate School District, Calgary Police Service (Victims Assistance Support Team) and others. Families may also self-refer. 

See our RESOURCES for more ways to support grieving children, teens and families.