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CGAW - Children's Grief Awareness Week

Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK (CGAW) was founded in 2014 by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter and falls in mid November each year.

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16-23 November 2023

Children’s Grief Awareness Week is an initiative founded by Grief Encounter, in association with the Children’s Bereavement Network and partnering charities, designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK; and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.

This year, our theme is ‘The Shape of Your Support’.  We are focusing on the people around a bereaved child or young person, beyond their friends or family, that can be there to support them through their grief. At Grief Encounter, we help build compassionate communities that can provide the right support from the right people, at the right time.

How can I get involved?

Join schools across the UK and organise a Go Purple Day during Children’s Grief Awareness Week – 16th – 23rd November 2023.

Free Resources

The Shape of Your Support: The Crucial Role of Trusted Adults in Grief by Parminder Sahota, Clinical Services Director

“Forever” in the context of death and grief:Insights from Suzy Turner Jones, CEO, Grief Encounter.

Commentary for CGAW: Pam Firth, Clinical Trustee Understanding the Shape of Grief in Children

Here are some examples of the shape of children’s grief, as submitted by bereaved children and young people across the UK