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National Children’s Grief Awareness Day- November 15, 2012

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day- November 15, 2012

Parent Reading to a Child

Grieving children need support. And the first step in that support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.

Children's Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits that they obtain through the support of others.

Observed on the third Thursday of every November (one week before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving), Children's Grief Awareness Day is intentionally set in the holiday season, often a particularly difficult time for those grieving a loss.

In 2012, Children's Grief Awareness Day is today, November 15.

Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that loss has in the life of a child. An opportunity for all of us to recognize and support the millions of grieving children across the nation — the thousands of grieving children right in our own communities — the grieving children we know and see in our daily lives.

Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

What can you do?  

LISTEN to them... BE HONEST with them... TALK WITH them...READ WITH THEM!

Bobby’s Books wants you to know that when you don’t know what to say or you are afraid you might say the wrong thing, a book is a great conversation starter.  Based on the way the child reacts to the book, they are telling you what their fears, concerns and questions are so you know how to help.  Do activities around the book to help bring the book to life and reinforce the lesson or message of the book. 

Below are just a few of the books that are part of the Bobby’s Books program to help guide you.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn ~ In this book, the mother raccoon tells her young racoon a secret about a kissing hand that will let the raccoon take his mother's love with him no matter where he goes.  She kisses the palm of his hand and anytime that he presses the kiss to his cheek he will be reminded of his mother's love. Click here to access the lesson plan for The Kissing Hand.

How Are You Peeling…Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers ~ This book is filled with individual fruits and vegetables expressing themselves!  It can help to discuss the gamut of emotions a child can go through in the grieving process to gauge where a child is in the process.  Use plastic fruits and vegetables , google eyes and markers to help a child crate their own expressive garden.  Click here access the lesson plan for How Are You Peeling…Foods with Moods.


Bobby’s Books is a program that seeks to improve the situations of children coping with loss by expanding the knowledge, skills and tools of those adults working with them.  Bobby’s Books is affiliated with the Midwest Center for Home, Hospice & Palliative Care Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

To learn more about Bobby’s Books and how to keep this amazing program moving forward, visit or contact Jennifer Taylor, Project Manager, at today!

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One is roots; the other wings.” ~ Hodding Carter




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