Specific events and times throughout the year can be emotionally challenging for individuals dealing with loss and grief, it’s important to recognise that other significant occasions or personal anniversaries can also evoke powerful emotions. Birthdays, anniversaries, or even simple everyday reminders can bring forth feelings of sadness, longing, and grief.
This list is not exhaustive but lists some of the events and times during the year that those who have lost might be affected by. Some of the events might work as a way to celebrate lift or visit events to help cope better.
- New Year’s Resolutions: January is a time when many people reflect on their lives and make plans for the future. Connect this theme to funeral planning, highlighting the importance of preparing for end-of-life arrangements.
- Valentine’s Day: Use this occasion to promote the idea of honoring and cherishing loved ones, emphasizing the significance of expressing love and appreciation while they are still present.
- Mother’s Day: Highlight the emotional impact of losing a mother and provide support and resources for those grieving on this day. Consider sharing articles or content that discuss coping strategies or ways to honour mothers who have passed away.
- Father’s Day: Similar to Mother’s Day, provide resources and support for individuals dealing with the loss of a father or father figure. Offer guidance on navigating grief during this time and promote meaningful ways to remember and honour fathers.
- World Alzheimer’s Month (September): Raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the impact it has on individuals and families. Provide educational content about the importance of early planning, including discussions around end-of-life preferences and legal considerations.
- National Grief Awareness Week (December): Dedicate a week to raising awareness about grief and its impact on individuals and communities. Share articles, personal stories, and resources to support those who are grieving, providing guidance on coping strategies and seeking professional help.
- Hospice Care Week (October): Highlight the crucial role of hospice care in end-of-life support and provide information on the services available. Showcase the compassionate care provided by hospice organizations and offer resources for families navigating the hospice journey.
- National Bereaved Parents Awareness Month (July): Address the unique grief experienced by parents who have lost children. Provide support, resources, and personal stories to help parents through their grieving process and emphasize the importance of community and understanding.
- Dying Matters Awareness Week (May): Join the national conversation around death, dying, and bereavement. Share information about funeral planning, end-of-life care options, and encourage open discussions about these important topics.
- Remembrance Sunday: Commemorate the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families. Share articles and resources on grief support for families of fallen service members, and explore ways to honor their memory.
- World Cancer Day (February): Raise awareness about the impact of cancer and the importance of early detection and support for individuals and families affected by the disease. Share resources on end-of-life planning and grief support for those who have lost loved ones to cancer.
- National Organ Donation Week (September): Advocate for organ donation and highlight the positive impact it can have on saving lives. Provide information about the process of organ donation, including discussions around end-of-life wishes and registering as an organ donor.
- International Day of Older Persons (October): Celebrate the contributions of older adults and emphasize the importance of preparing for end-of-life decisions. Share resources on estate planning, wills, and legal considerations for seniors.
- Mental Health Awareness Week (May): Focus on the intersection of mental health and grief, as many individuals experience emotional challenges when dealing with loss. Offer resources and support for those facing bereavement-related mental health issues.
- National Carers Week (June): Recognize the role of caregivers and the challenges they face. Provide guidance and support for caregivers of terminally ill individuals, including respite care options and assistance with funeral planning.
- World Suicide Prevention Day (September): Raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health support. Share resources on grief after suicide, support networks, and professional assistance available for individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
- National Dementia Action Week (May): Promote awareness and understanding of dementia-related issues. Provide resources on end-of-life planning for individuals with dementia and support for their families.
- National Children’s Grief Awareness Week (November): Focus on the unique needs of grieving children and provide resources and guidance for parents, educators, and caregivers supporting them through the grieving process.
- National Life Story Week (November): Encourage individuals to reflect on and record their life stories. Share resources and tools for documenting personal histories, emphasizing the importance of preserving memories and family legacies.
- National Social Prescribing Day (March): Highlight the benefits of social prescribing, which involves non-medical interventions to improve well-being. Offer resources on grief counseling, support groups, and community-based services that can aid individuals dealing with loss.
- International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (March): Promote reflection on historical injustices and the lasting impact on individuals and communities. Share resources on grief, healing, and remembrance.
- World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (October): Raise awareness about the importance of hospice and palliative care services. Share information on end-of-life care options, pain management, and emotional support for individuals and their families.
- National Day of Reflection (March 23rd): Commemorate a specific day dedicated to reflection and remembrance of those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offer support and resources for individuals coping with grief and navigating the complexities of mourning during a global crisis.
- International Widows’ Day (June 23rd): Raise awareness about the challenges faced by widows and provide resources for coping with grief, rebuilding lives, and finding support networks.
- National Good Grief! Day (November): Focus on the importance of acknowledging and understanding grief. Offer resources, support, and guidance for individuals experiencing loss and navigating the grieving process.
- World Kindness Day (November 13th): Highlight acts of kindness and compassion towards those grieving or dealing with loss. Encourage support for individuals in need and promote community engagement.
- Time to Talk Day (February): Emphasize the significance of open conversations about mental health and grief. Encourage individuals to share their stories, seek support, and break the stigma surrounding grief and mental well-being.
- National Grandparents Day (October): Recognize the special bond between grandchildren and their grandparents. Share resources on coping with the loss of grandparents and honoring their memory.
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (May): Promote cultural understanding and inclusivity in grief and mourning practices. Share stories and perspectives from diverse cultures and communities.
- National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea (May): Acknowledge the specific grief and loss experienced by families of mariners and those connected to the maritime industry. Offer support and resources tailored to their needs.
- World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (October): Raise awareness about the importance of hospice and palliative care services. Highlight the compassionate approach to end-of-life care and share resources on pain management, emotional support, and improving the quality of life for individuals and their families.
- National Children’s Grief Awareness Week (November): Focus on supporting children and young people who are experiencing grief. Share resources, guidance, and activities to help children navigate their emotions and provide support for parents, caregivers, and educators.
- World Diabetes Day (November): Highlight the impact of diabetes on health and well-being, emphasizing the importance of end-of-life planning for individuals living with diabetes. Provide resources on managing diabetes-related complications and offer guidance for families and caregivers.
- Remembrance Sunday (November): Commemorate the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families. Share content related to grief support for families of fallen service members, and explore ways to honor their memory on this significant day.
- National Life Story Week (November): Encourage individuals to reflect on and document their life stories. Share resources, prompts, and tools for capturing personal narratives, preserving memories, and creating a lasting legacy.
- International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (November): Raise awareness about the impact of suicide loss on individuals and communities. Share resources, support networks, and survivor stories to promote healing and provide assistance for those affected by suicide.
- National Day of Reflection on Road Death (November): Remember and honor the lives lost in road accidents. Provide support resources for families and friends affected by road traffic accidents, and raise awareness about road safety and the importance of responsible driving.
- National Carers Rights Day (November): Support and recognize the vital role of caregivers in end-of-life care. Share information on legal rights, financial support, and resources available to caregivers, empowering them to make informed decisions and access the assistance they need.
- World Prematurity Day (November): Highlight the unique experiences and challenges faced by families with premature babies. Share resources on coping with loss, grief support, and honoring the memory of premature infants.
- International Men’s Day (November): Address the specific experiences and challenges of men dealing with loss and grief. Share resources on mental health, emotional well-being, and encourage open conversations around men’s grief and support.
- World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (November): Raise awareness about the impact of road traffic accidents on individuals and families. Provide support and resources for those grieving the loss of loved ones due to road accidents and advocate for road safety measures.
- Transgender Day of Remembrance (November): Honor and remember transgender individuals who have lost their lives due to violence or discrimination. Raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by the transgender community in accessing support during times of grief and loss.
- World Pancreatic Cancer Day (November): Focus on raising awareness about pancreatic cancer and its impact on individuals and families. Share information on early detection, treatment options, and resources for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November): Address the intersection of domestic violence and grief. Share resources on support for individuals who have lost loved ones due to violence and promote awareness about available helplines and organizations.
- Giving Tuesday (November): Encourage acts of generosity and giving during the holiday season. Share information on charitable organizations that support individuals and families dealing with loss and grief, and highlight ways in which people can make a positive impact in their communities.
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December): Advocate for inclusivity and support for individuals with disabilities who may be experiencing loss and grief. Share resources on accessible grief support services and highlight stories of resilience and strength within the disabled community.
- Human Rights Day (December): Highlight the importance of human rights, including the right to dignified end-of-life care and bereavement support. Advocate for equal access to services and resources for all individuals and communities.
- International Tea Day (December): Foster connections and conversations around grief and loss over a comforting cup of tea. Share stories, tips for self-care, and encourage open discussions about grief while enjoying a shared experience.
- World AIDS Day (December): Raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals and communities, including the experiences of those grieving the loss of loved ones due to AIDS-related illnesses. Share resources on support services, prevention, and stigma reduction.
- National Grief and Loss Awareness Month (December): Dedicate the month to raising awareness about grief and loss, offering support and resources for individuals navigating their grief journey during the holiday season. Share coping strategies, self-care tips, and community events focused on remembrance and healing.
- Christmas: Emotional challenges and grief that individuals may experience during the holiday season can be high. The holiday season holds a lot of memories and it may affect adults and children in different ways.
It’s crucial to acknowledge that grief doesn’t adhere to a specific calendar. The impact of loss can be felt at any time, and it’s essential to extend support and understanding to those who are grieving, regardless of the date on the calendar. By recognising that different events throughout the year may trigger grief, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive space for individuals to navigate their emotions.
If you find yourself facing the loss of a loved one during a significant event or anniversary, remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Seek support from friends, family, or professional resources who can provide a listening ear and understanding presence. Connecting with others who have experienced similar losses through support groups or online communities can also offer a sense of solace and validation.
Additionally, self-care becomes paramount during these challenging times. Engage in activities that bring you comfort and healing, such as journaling, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in hobbies that promote self-expression. Reflecting on favourite memories and incorporating rituals to honour your loved one can also provide a sense of connection and solace.
Remember that grief is a deeply personal journey, and it’s okay to seek professional help when needed. Grief counselling or therapy can offer valuable guidance and support as you navigate the complexities of loss throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to reach out to mental health professionals who specialise in grief and bereavement.
As we move through the year, let’s foster a culture of empathy and understanding, extending kindness to those who are experiencing loss and recognising that grief knows no timeline. Together, we can create a supportive environment where individuals feel seen, heard, and comforted, no matter the occasion or season.
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