The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to raising awareness about the needs of grieving children, teens, and their families. Each November we observe Children’s Grief Awareness Month with a series of events and a dedicated campaign. This November the focus of our campaign encourages everyone to Listen on Repeat to children who are grieving.
Through active and sustained listening we create space for children to share their experience and process the death of someone significant to them.
We invite you to join us! Read on for information on specific activities.
October 27: Webinar by Judi’s House: Childhood Bereavement: Understanding Prevalence by Cause of Death.
November 1: Youth Voice: The Evolution and Illumination of Grief Support in partnership with New York Life Foundation.
Listen on Repeat
Our social media campaign this year is called Listen on Repeat. Focusing on the transformational power of listening for children who are grieving we will share the benefits of listening, equip the Childs support team to listen and encourage everyone to commit to Listening on Repeat.
All GriefTalk Live events will broadcast in ET on Zoom and on Facebook. We encourage you to share widely and to use the links below to register.
November 9th at 2pm ET: David Kessler. Watch the playback HERE.
November 15th at 2pm ET: Tashel Bordere, PhD. Watch the playback HERE.
November 17th at 12pm ET: Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Speaking Grief. Watch the playback HERE.
November 29th at 1pm ET: Cori Doerrfeld, Author of The Rabbit Listened. Watch the playback HERE.
November 30th at 2pm ET: Adam Carter, PhD, NACG National Clinical Director. Watch the playback HERE.
Grief Reach Grant in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.
In 2011, in an effort to address the gap in funding and resources, New York Life Foundation partnered with the NACG to create Grief Reach, a competitive funding opportunity for organizations serving bereaved children.
Focus Area for this cycle: Capacity Building
Opens: November 1st
Closes: December 5th
Visit the dedicated webpage to learn more HERE.
Take two actions in November honoring Children’s Grief Awareness Month through the NACG Action Center –
- Email your elected officials to introduce yourself and share with them that supporting children who are bereaved must be a national priority.
- Email your local media contacts to let them know that November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month. Encourage them to raise the profile of this important issue in the month.
The Action Center makes this easy! You just input your address, edit the text that is prepopulated in the communications (or indeed write your own) and click send. It only takes a minute.
Children's Grief Awareness Month Calendar
How can you observe Children’s Grief Awareness Month?
- Follow and share the Listen on Repeat campaign on social media.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local paper to raise the issue of childhood bereavement. The NACG Action Center makes this easy!
- Join us for our free GriefTalk Live events. The schedule is listed on the calendar.
- Purchase Listen on Repeat Listener Series Merchandise HERE.
- Participate in the National Day of Listening on November 26th. On this day we are all encouraged to focus on active listening. Active listening is when we park our assumptions and opinions to not just hear what someone is saying but also connecting with the meaning behind the words. The National Day Of Listening was first launched by the national oral history project StoryCorps as an alternative to Black Friday.
Additional Resources Supporting Listening
- The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerffeld
- I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear by Heinz Janisch
- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
- Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
- The Line Tender by Kate Allen
- The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
- Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Dhillon
- The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Web Based Resources:
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Listen on Repeat
Listen on Repeat to Me
I’m committed to Listening on Repeat