According to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model, approximately 1 in 14 American children will experience a significant loss (e.g., that of a parent or sibling) during childhood. Nonetheless, it is often overlooked that children have the capacity to experience and understand the intense emotions of grief. This oversight renders children particularly vulnerable to feeling alone and helpless as they grieve. Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to increase awareness of the fact that children can and do grieve. In the words of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, “Any child that is old enough to love is old enough to mourn.”
On November 19th, we strive to promote recognition of the needs of grieving children. Providing support for grieving children is critical, as research suggests that ignoring children’s grief has massive repercussions for their psychological and physical health.
Children and teens need to know that their perspectives are valued. This year, we want to honor the stories of individual grieving children by providing them with a platform to be heard.
We are collecting anonymous audio submissions from children and teens who have experienced grief. If you are under 13 you cannot participate (based on federal law) without getting permission from your parent/caregiver and having your parent or caregiver submit on your behalf.
13-18 year olds
If you are 13-18 and have experienced the death of someone you love, recently or when you were younger, you can record an anonymous audio submission below responding to the following question:
To submit your audio recording, please complete the form below with your email address and age (your email address will NOT be shared or used for any other purpose than matching your age with your recording). Then click the orange button to record, enter your email again, and then you are all set! Remember, these are anonymous so please don’t share your name in your audio recording.
Children under 13
We would love to hear from children under 13, but need parent or caregiver permission to participate in this project. To submit for this project, a parent or caregiver will need to send the audio recording to us by email and sign a consent form allowing us to use it. Parents/caregivers should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the permission form.
All audio files should be 90 seconds or less and should NOT include names!