Friday, November 20, 2009

Children's Grief Awareness Day

Children's Grief Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about grief and loss issues, learn ways to help others who are grieving, and show support to individuals who have lost a loved one. Grief and loss are issues that impact each person at some point their life.

In the Pittsburgh area, a great resource for grief and loss support is The Highmark Caring Place.  The Highmark Caring Place is a center for children, adolescents, and their families to recieve support for grief and loss issues.  The Highmark Caring Place has Caring Teams at schools all over the state of Pennsylvania that raise funds.

As part of our school's Caring Team, I hosted a "Wear Blue Day" where students and staff were instructed to wear blue to show their support. Students and staff could also pay a dollar to wear jeans. Another way I raised awareness and money for The Highmark Caring Place was hosting a Pittsburgh Steelers Raffle.  I sold tickets to students and staff for 25 cents a ticket or two dollars for an arm's length.  The Steelers Raffle worked great in Steelers Country! We raised over $400 for The Highmark Caring Place through the raffle tickets and jeans passes alone!

Check out The Highmark Caring Place website for resources and information about grief and loss.

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.
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