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.

Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium

November 18, 2021
Full Day Virtual Conference

Symposium workshops will address a range of topics and provide learning and networking opportunities for those who work with children and youth in a variety of sectors

Topics will include:

  • Foundational understanding of grief across the developmental stages
  • How to talk with and support grieving children and teens
  • Exploring various methods for grief expression
  • Specific types of loss

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The Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children and Youth (CAGCY) is the first Canadian national group of professionals working together to ensure the accessibility of bereavement support and information to grieving children and their families.
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Hosted by

Light house peer support
seasons centre for grieving children

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.