Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Author: TAPS

November 16 is Children’s Grief Awareness Day.  As leaders in the field of children’s grief, TAPS works with partners like New York Life, The Moyer Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children to provide cutting edge support and care to our youngest survivors who are grieving the loss of a loved one in military service.  New York Life just released the findings of the New York Life Foundation 2017 Childhood Bereavement Survey. Together we want to help encourage conversations about supporting grieving children and families on Children's Grief Awareness Day and beyond.

Good Grief Camp buddies

They reported that key survey findings include: 

  • Childhood Bereavement Has Enduring Impact, But Support Is Short Lived: Americans who lost a parent growing up say it takes six-plus years to move forward, but support wanes within the first three months.
  • Public Conversation Around Loss Is Growing, Even As Societal Discomfort Persists:  Despite growing dialogue, 63% of Americans still avoid grief conversations out of worry over saying the wrong thing.
  • Social Media Is Shaping Today’s Grief Conversations, But Actions Speak Louder Than ‘Likes’:  58% of Americans say social media has helped them express condolences to people they otherwise wouldn’t have, but many grievers prefer more personal forms of communication.
  • Support, Access to Resources Critical to Resiliency: Many Americans don’t know where to turn for grief resources, but access to resources and ongoing support can help build resiliency in the face of loss.

TAPS annual National and Regional Good Grief Camps help thousands of children ages 4-18 learn how to cope with their grief, find support and resources throughout their childhood and remain connected with the military through their military mentors. Many of our Good Grief campers grow up to share their own challenges of losing a parent with younger children new to loss. One Legacy Mentor said, "Nearly 20 years after my first Good Grief Camp, I now get to pay back some small piece of the incredible benefits I received from TAPS by mentoring kids who now stand where I once stood." Stories like that of Capt. Nathaniel Lee, USAF prove that long-term support and care for grieving children changes lives and better prepares children to model healthy grief practices and grow into well-adjusted adults who share their experiences with others. 

TAPS is proud to stand with our partners in efforts to raise awareness for Children’s Grief Awareness Day.