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Grief Awareness Day

Support children and teens who have lost loved ones by wearing blue on Children's Grief Awareness Day Nov. 16.

After the death of a family member, life is never the same. Children and teens who have had a loved one die often feel alone in their grief, like nobody understands what they're going through. Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it is especially difficult for those who are young. The holiday season can often make these feelings of loss even more difficult.

To recognize the emotional needs of children and adolescents, Children's Grief Awareness Day will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 16. This event, founded by the Highmark Caring Place and now international in scope, focuses on the impact that death has on children and what people can do to help a grieving child. The first step in supporting grieving children is to become aware of what they are going through.

Anyone can participate in observing Children's Grief Awareness Day. They simplest way is to wear blue on Nov. 16. Resources that provide many ideas for further activities on this day are available on the Children's Grief Awareness Day website.

Highmark Caring Place locations

The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, provides support groups, referrals, telephone support, and more at no cost to children and families in need. Services are available at four locations across Pennsylvania in Erie, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Warrendale.

To learn more about the Highmark Caring Place's programs and services or to find out how to become part of a support group, visit the Highmark Caring Place website.