National Grief Awareness Day

All of us have experienced grief in one way or another throughout our lives. As part of the human experience, grief encompasses the emotions that appear in response to loss. Sorrow and suffering, although painful, are a natural reaction to loss. Whether grieving the death of a loved one, or grieving a relationship, job loss, or other life event, the process of grief is something that comes in waves and is not linear. Every individual has a unique journey through grief, which often includes stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

National Grief Awareness Day takes place on August 30th each year, with the mission to educate people on grief and create space for loss. The day also offers resources for those experiencing grief and an opportunity to share stories of grief and let others know they are not alone. 

Grief doesn’t always entail the loss of a life. It can occur through life transitions, changes in identity, and both large and small traumas. You may be grieving a cancer diagnosis and an idea of what you thought your life would look like. Regardless, every type of grief is valid. 

There are numerous ways to cope with loss and grief. You can find support through therapy and support groups. Be gentle and patient with yourself as you honor grief, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from loved ones. Express yourself through hobbies, art or writing, and come up with ways to process and honor what you’ve lost. 

Grief is like a never-ending ocean. Waves that feel engulfing, waves that can pull you under, and waves that you somehow, can get through. But you are not alone in your grief. In time, the waves will pass, and you will resurface.

Written by: Kristen Luft, Communications Associate