Wear Blue on “Children's Grief Awareness Day,”
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dan Layman
November 13, 2014 Managing Director - Lansing
(517) 482-1315 ext. 22
Wear Blue on “Children's Grief Awareness Day,” on Thursday, November 20
Michigan — Ele’s Place, a Michigan healing center for grieving children and teens, encourages schools, businesses and community members to wear blue on “Children's Grief Awareness Day,” Thursday, November 20. This national day of recognition aims to create awareness of and support for grieving children.
Based on the US Census, 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent. In Michigan, that statistic represents over 112,000 children, while many more will experience the death of a sibling or other significant person in their life.
"Grieving children often feel alone, as if no one understands how they feel,” said Dan Layman, Ele’s Place-Lansing Managing Director. “Grieving children need support. Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to let grieving children know that we care and that they are not alone."
Ele’s Place recognizes that children’s grief is unique, and that unaddressed grief can have a long term negative impact on children’s health and well-being. Unresolved childhood grief is often linked with poor school performance, depression, violence, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicidal tendencies.
Ele’s Place provides peer support groups programs for grieving children, teens and families at their Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids locations. Through peer support programs, children develop healthy coping skills to continue their lives with hope and confidence.
In addition, Ele’s Place provides individual consultations with families, crisis support in schools, and presentations for organizations in the community who work with children. All Ele’s Place programs and services are offered at no cost.
Parents and educators who care about grieving children are encouraged to visit the Ele’s Place website at www.elesplace.org for tips and additional resources.