Children’s Grief Awareness Day is November 18, 2021

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an international movement and is recognized locally by wearing blue. The day was designed to help children and teens that are bereaved to know they are not alone. Created in 2008, Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the third Thursday in November. This time of year is particularly appropriate to support grieving children everywhere, as the holiday season can be especially difficult.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that community support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child.

Hospice Calgary is committed to helping every grieving child or teen in Calgary and Area.

Children’s Grief Centre has partnered with the Calgary Public Library to bring you a reading list to support the grieving child or youth in your life, see that list here

Our team will be recognizing Children’s Grief Awareness Day by wearing blue and offering a platform on social media using the #CGADHope and #childgriefday hashtags.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day began as a way to help others understand the impact of death on children and their need for support. Wear BLUE on November 18 to show your support to the grieving children around us.

Let every grieving child and teen know they’re not alone

  1. Wear BLUE on November 18th for Children’s Grief Awareness Day
  2. Download and print our Children’s Grief Awareness Day poster
  3. Add a Children’s Grief Awareness Day photo frame to your profile on Facebook
  4. Download the Children’s Grief Awareness Day butterfly colouring page
  5. Create a luminary in honour of your person. Show us a picture of it lit on November 18th
  6. Share your own story and remember to use the hashtags #CGADHope #childgriefday #YoureNotAlone and mention us @childrensgriefca or @hospicecalgary
  7.  Join the conversation on social media to show your support. Below are some messages you can copy and share. If you are wearing blue, be sure to share a photo of that too:

Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Join the conversation and raise awareness! #CGADHope #childgriefday  #grief #yyc #YoureNotAlone

Want to learn more about supporting a child or teen in #yyc facing grief due to death? Visit, they can help. #CGADHope #childgriefday #grief #mentalhealth #yyc #YoureNotAlone

No child or teen should have to feel alone when someone close to them dies. #CGADHope #childgriefday #grief #mentalhealth #YoureNotAlone

Know a child or teen in #yyc that is grieving? Tell them #theyrenotalone and @childrensgrief is here to help: 403-263-4525. #childgriefday

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