Children’s Grief Awareness Day



Children’s Grief Awareness day is the third Thursday in November. A day that honors the 39,700 children across Canada each year that experience the death of a parent or sibling.

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, an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need. This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season is often an especially difficult time after a death.

Butterfly Origami Activity

One of the activities that can be done in honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day is creating Butterly Origami,  as these are also thought to symbolize a person’s essence, or soul, either past, present or future. Butterflies serve as a symbol for grieving children; Just as a butterfly emerges from a dark cocoon, a child can find light as they move through grief.

For video instructions of how to create butterfly origami, click here

To learn more about Children’s Grief Awareness day,  click here.

If your organization is interested in hosting your own Children’s Grief Awareness Day Family Day event, click here to access our Family Day Toolkit which will assist in organizing and implementing your Family Day in your region.