National Grief Awareness Day | August 30
Wed Aug 30th

National Grief Awareness Day

National Grief Awareness Day, on August 30, acknowledges that recovery takes time, not a prescribed course, and is a reminder that closure comes in many forms. Everyone is affected differently when a loved one dies.


Throughout the day, take stock of those people in your life who have been affected by a certain loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend, or someone who has undergone a drastic change in their lifestyle can cause sadness. We suffer a form of loss that necessitates closure when we lose the stability of shelter, a career, or a routine we have known for years. Some people adjust to these changes quickly, while others take time to become familiar with new routines.

Offer to listen to a friend or invite them to join you for a cup of coffee or tea. Send a note to them that they are never far from your thoughts. Then, the hotel, had a date for another visit. Know that it's normal if you're suffering from grief. You are not alone, and it's okay to ask for assistance if your sadness is overwhelming.

How to celebrate national grief awareness day by observing national grief awareness day

Look for signs of sadness in yourself and your loved ones. After and during a loss, self-care is extremely important. If the agony becomes overwhelming, there is no shame in seeking support with grief.

Visit to find out more, sign the petition, and post #GriefAwarenessDay on social media.

History of national grief awareness day has spanned decades

In 2014, Angie Cartwright established National Grief Awareness Day, and Angie Cartwright established National Grief Awareness Day. Cartwright was also lost in grief, becoming familiar with death. She has been dedicated to helping those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.

Grief awareness FAQ

Does grief always involve death? Q. Does grief involve death?

A. No. A. No. A. No. Many situations can cause a person's grief. We may be saddened by the loss of a career or income. Were afraid of physical or mental disorders. When drastic changes in our lives occur, we also experience grief – divorce, a breakup, empty nesting, a health event, or an unexpected discovery can all lead to sadness.

Q. Does everyone suffer from the same?

A. No. A. No. A. No. Although many people will attend the same performances, one person will take longer to navigate one stage while another person will experience the stage quickly.

Q. Does grief end?

A. Grief lessens, but it will not go away. Often a memory or occurrence will bring up feelings of sadness long after death or trauma. We become more able to cope with these situations over time.