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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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18th - 25th november 2021

Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK is 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. Organisations and charities across the UK show solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.

Grief Encounter team up with the Childhood Bereavement Network and member services across the UK to plan the Week.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day falls in mid November each year, 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.

Join schools across the UK and organise a Go Purple Day during Children’s Grief Awareness Week – 18th-25th November 2021.

More about CGAW


This year’s CGAW theme focusses on #saythewords, giving bereaved children the opportunity to give their grief a public voice.

At least 10,000 children have been bereaved of a primary caregiver across the UK due to the pandemic according to research published in the Lancet in July 2021. And over 50,000 children have had a parent, guardian or carer die from other causes over the last 20 months.

bereaved children & young people #saythewords
about what support from our service means to them