National Grief Awareness Day:
Life is a journey of difficulties! Grief is your response to any loss in life, and maybe a loved one or someone you had an emotional attachment with. 30th August is the day dedicated to National Grief Awareness Day to tell people how vital grief is and how much more important is the ability to cope with it.
|2023||30th August||Wednesday||United States|
|2024||30th August||Friday||United States|
|2025||30th August||Saturday||United States|
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on August 30th
Why National Grief Awareness Day?
The motive behind this day was to help people understand how one grieves when they lose a loved one. It may be your partner, your pet, or a family member. Grief is considered an essential stage in people’s lives to be able to move on in their lives and not get stuck in tragic events.
Angie Cartwright understood the importance of this day and started to celebrate it in 2014, urging people to mark it as well.
Grief is not something you can get rid of or prevent, so to say. However, you can do things to reduce it or cope with it, or even recover from it soon. It happens naturally and is a part of the human healing process.
It is important to remind people of the many good things in their lives; those bad things happening are part of everybody’s life.
Grief initially commences from denying that something bad has happened slowly proceeding to the person showing traumatic symptoms, crying, having flashbacks, and getting depressed to finally accepting the situation and moving on with life.
How can We celebrate National Grief Awareness Day?
Helping oneself and others cope with grief as well as help in grieving can be an extremely tough phase.
Reminding people of the importance of not only grief but their own life is what one as a friend or a family member can do.
In clinical terms, people suffering from the loss of a loved one usually can take therapy for grief but as a non-professional being with your friend, staying with them at all times, making them laugh, joking around, and even letting them cry is the best you can do for someone grieving.
As a friend or family, the best you can do for that person is just be with them throughout making them not feel lonely and go through the same emotions again and again.
This was about helping your friends, but what about helping yourself?
To help yourself cope with grief, you can get yourself into self-care techniques for example by giving yourself me-time with some extra love on yourself, not being hard on yourself, crying your heart out, taking some time out by going to a different place for vacation as well as by venting out to the people you trust wholeheartedly. Use #nationalgriefawarenessday!
Interesting facts about National Grief Awareness Day:
Grief is something not acknowledged by most people even though it is a significant emotion of human beings.
A person can grieve by showing anger, denial, sadness, crying, shock, confusion, flashbacks, dreams, etc. There is no one way of grieving, some things can be harder for some people than others.
Started by Angie Cartwright, this day is celebrated all over the world even though it is not recognized as a national or official holiday. It gives a chance to the people to accept that they are in grief and that things are going to be okay in the future.
History of National Grief Awareness Day:
As already mentioned above, the National Grief Awareness Day was started by Angie Cartwright and is celebrated each year on 30th August. Grief can also occur as a result of your breakup, or by losing someone close to death. Some people may also grieve as a result of knowing their children or spouse is suffering from some physical or mental difficulties.
People thus started mentioning the word ‘grief” more often. They became mindful of the people around them as well as their emotions. This further increased the help received and given by people to aid people trying to cope with something tragic that happened to them.
It, therefore, became vital to know that every person goes through these things at least some time in their life.
Raising awareness of grief and the day is, therefore, very important to help people lead healthy lives. Encouraging people to engage in open communication, educating people about grief, and having open spaces for people to vent out and making efforts to gain enough strength to get on with their lives.