National Grief Awareness Day is celebrated on August 30 every year. This kind of holiday is designed to teach people to experience grief and sympathize with those who mourn. It raises awareness of the grieving process and the time it takes for a person to recover from a tragic loss. Grief is an emotion that affects everyone in one way or another, and this is an important day when we can help those in need.
National Grief Awareness Day was established by Angie Cartwright in 2014. As a survivor of great loss, she decided to dedicate herself to providing support to people affected by grief and educating families about the realities of grief and how it affects people’s lives.
Learn helpful facts about grieving to better understand yourself and others:
- Recovery from tragic losses does not occur according to schedule. There is no specific time frame for people trying to work through grief. This is a strictly individual experience. Some recover from sadness quickly, others require more time and mental resources. We must provide the mourners with support and a safe space, but not rush them.
- Grief is a universal but individual experience. Each person is destined to go through grief during his life, but everyone will deal with it in his own way, depending on his own personality.
- Grieving people tend to feel guilty. They consciously or unconsciously take responsibility for the death of loved ones. This heavy feeling complicates the process of experiencing grief and subsequent recovery. Often, the delicate help of a psychotherapist is required.
- In a state of grief, people can lose the purpose and direction of their own lives, appear confused and disoriented. This is completely normal, along with grief, loss will also go away, a person will again begin to live an ordinary life.
How to celebrate
You can celebrate National Grief Awareness Day by learning more about the processes of grief and helping others by providing support to those in need. Use the hashtag #NationalGriefAwarenessDay on social media to spread the word about this holiday.
When is National Grief Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?
National Grief Awareness Day is observed on August 30 each year.