Children's Grief Awareness DaySM
Please mark your calendar for Children’s Grief Awareness Day 2017 on November 16th, 2017. Children's Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all 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.
After a loved one dies, there is a sense in which life feels darker, as if some light and color are drained from the world. In 2016 the Caring Place made the darkness a little brighter through the "Illuminating HOPE" campaign, letting grieving children know that we're remembering them and helping hope shine a little brighter.
Through this event, thousands of butterflies were created with messages of remembrance and encouragement and placed on a dozen lighted canvases to spread the message of HOPE. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Illuminating HOPE and to Children’s Grief Awareness Day 2016!
A partnership between the Highmark Caring Place and the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion helped to light a path to hope for grieving children.
On the evening before Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a giant Butterfly of HOPE made up of thousands of luminary bags lit up the courtyard and the paths of the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion.
These luminary bags helped to light the way to the Butterfly of HOPE, shining not just with candles inside, but with messages of remembrance and encouragement on the outside of the bags as well, written and drawn by Caring Place families, volunteers and partners who want to show their support of grieving children and help them know they are not alone.