During Children's Grief Awareness Month this November, Dougy Center is working to raise awareness on how grief impacts children and families, and what we can do to support them. You can help by sharing these messages to your social media, and learning more about the movement to #UnderstandGrief.
No matter how familiar you are with grief, it’s still hard to know what to say when a death occurs. It’s human nature to fall back on clichés and platitudes we’re used to hearing. If you’ve ever found yourself relying on automatic responses, you’re not alone.
Most of the time these sentiments come from good intentions and a desire to comfort. That said, there are some common responses that often miss the mark with grieving children and families.
This November, Dougy Center is joining grief centers and partners across the nation to "Flip the Script." This campaign provides straightforward suggestions on helpful things to say to a child, teen, or adult who is grieving.
Here's how you can Flip the Script and better support someone who is grieving:
What are your go-to "scripts" when someone you know is grieving? Is there a more helpful way to show you care and want to support them? Look at these scripts for some tips.
Find out what it means to be grief-informed and better support people who are grieving. Join Dougy Center in the movement to #UnderstandGrief.
You can also find additional information on Flip the Script through the National Alliance for Children's Grief.