For many children, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on all of life’s blessings. It’s a wonderful time of enjoying a few days offfrom school and spending lots of time with family and friends. But the beginning of the holiday season is also a time where the absence and pain of a missing loved one is particularly difficult. In 2008, The Highmark Caring Place (A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families), created Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Organizations around the world now also celebrate this day every year on the third Thursday in November, the week before Thanksgiving.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that often support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. It provides an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child. This day gives us an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need. This is also a great chance to provide families with extra love and support.

Central Florida is home to the New Hope center that has been providing help and support for children in need since 1996. “Our purpose is to bring hope, healing, and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss, or life-threatening illnesses.” For additional information on how to participate in Children’s Grief Awareness Day, please click here.

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