Children's Grief Awareness Week 2019 will run from 15-21 November and we will be announcing the theme soon.
Read on for an update on CGAWeek 2018, when the theme was #RememberWhen
The Week is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK will be raising awareness of the grieving children in their community, and those supporting them.
The theme for the 2018 Week was #RememberWhen – encouraging families to share memories together of the person who has died. Whether it’s a place, a joke, a food or a story, we gave children and young people a chance to talk about their loved one, and to find out more about them from friends and family. Organisations supporting bereaved children used the Week to showcase some of the memory work they do with families.
We were delighted to be teaming up with Grief Encounter to coordinate a whole week of activities. We were active on social media, helping people raise awareness in their area. Local services used the Week to show solidarity with children, young people and their families; raise awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraise for their service.
How People got involved in 2018
- Download our Memory Tree Activity to create a display and encourage children and young people to share a memory. The tree is set up to print across 6 x 4 A4 sheets to make a giant display, and you can download leaves here too.
- Use our social media cards version 1 and version 2 to encourage children, young people and widowed parents to #RememberWhen
- Invite your supporters to join our social media campaign, using the hashtags #RememberWhen and #ChildrensGriefAwarenessWeek
- Ask your MP to support the week by tweeting a memory of someone important in their lives
- Download the Children’s Grief Awareness Week poster and tweet a picture of yourself with it
- Download the logo for your publicity here
- Run an awareness event, training session or young people’s group on the theme of #RememberWhen
- Let your local media know about what you’ve got planned for the Week. Download our template news release here
- Tell us about anything you have planned
Visit www.childrensgriefawarenessweek.com to get more support and great ideas for how you can raise awareness.
Social Media Campaign
We’re inviting bereaved children and young people, their families and supporters to join our campaign, sharing memories with the tag #RememberWhen
We’ll be theming memories with
- #RememberWhen everyday memories: eg What did they like for breakfast? What was their favourite song?
- #RememberWhen special times: eg a birthday, a wedding, some special time together, favourite places
- #RememberWhen find out more: children and young people can ask people who knew the person who died to share a memory with them
- #RememberWhen help through tough times: memories of a time when someone supported you in your bereavement
Suggested tweets for 2018
15-21 Nov is #ChildrensGriefAwarenessWeek: giving children and young people a chance to #RememberWhen
Do you #RememberWhen? 15-21 Nov is #ChildrensGriefAwarenessWeek. Share a memory of a loved one: a picture, a place, a meal, a joke, a song
It’s #ChildrensGriefAwarenessWeek. Help children and young people keep memories alive. Do you #RememberWhen?
What if I don’t have any memories?
It’s tough when other people remember the person, but you don’t, perhaps because you were very young when they died. You can use the #RememberWhen theme to ask someone else who knew them to share stories with you, helping you get to know them a bit better.
What if I find it hard to access any happy memories of the person that died?
If all your memories of the person who died are painful or difficult, it can help to #RememberWhen someone else was kind and supportive to you. Perhaps they listened, or made you laugh, and you realised that life could be ok.
International Children's Grief Awareness Day
The Week kicks off with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 15 November, a global day 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.
Initiated by the Highmark Caring Place in 2008, the Day is now supported by organisations across the US through the National Alliance for Grieving Children: CBN’s equivalent body there, and is spreading across the world. The day is always held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving in the US.