On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently.
Throughout the day, take stock of those in your life who have been affected by a form of loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend or enduring an extreme change in their lifestyle can trigger grief. When we lose the stability of shelter, a job or a routine we have known for years, we suffer a type of loss that requires closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others take time to become familiar with new routines.
Offer to listen to a friend or ask them to join you for a coffee or tea. Send a message letting them know they are never far from your mind. Then, set a date for another visit. If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS DAY
Look for signs of grief in yourself and your loved ones. Self-care is vital after and during a loss. There’s no shame in seeking assistance with grief if the pain becomes overwhelming.
Visit www.change.org to find out more, sign the petition, and use #GriefAwarenessDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Angie Cartwright founded National Grief Awareness Day in 2014. Familiar with loss, Cartwright too became lost in grief. She has become dedicated to bringing support to those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.
Grief Awareness FAQ
Q. Does grief always involve death?
A. No. Many circumstances may cause a person grief. We may grieve the loss of a job or income. Physical or mental trauma may cause us grief. We also experience grief when dramatic changes occur in our life – divorce, a breakup, empty nesting, a health event, or an unexpected discovery can all cause grief.
Q. Does everyone experience grief the same?
A. No. While many people will go through the same stages, it may take one person longer to navigate one stage while another person experiences the stage quickly.
Q. Does grief end?
A. Grief lessens but it may never go away. Sometimes a memory or event will bring up feelings of grief long after death or trauma. Over time, we become better equipped to deal with these moments.