1 child in every UK classroom under the age of 16 has been bereaved of a parent or sibling
44,000 children are bereaved of a parent annually in the UK.
This year this number is set to rise.
About Children's Grief Awareness Week
Now in its seventh year Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK, founded by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter, 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 will be showing solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.
Grief Encounter is delighted to be teaming up with the Childhood Bereavement Network and member services across the UK to plan the Week.
The Week will start with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 18th November 2021, 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: Child Bereavement Network’s equivalent body there, and is spreading across the world. The day is always held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving in the US.