Declare August 30th National Grief Awareness Day
My name is Angie Cartwright.
I've endured a lot of loss in my life, starting with my baby sister when I was 5 years-old. In 1996, I lost my husband to a car wreck, and my mother died of a drug overdose in 2010. By then, I was paralyzed with grief.
I am now dedicated to raising awareness about bereavement and helping those experiencing grief to heal. I’m asking President Obama to make August 30th National Grief Awareness Day. Why?
By reaching out to hundred of thousands of grievers on social media for the
past 20 years, I found that healing can only take place when grief is not shamed, rushed or tabooed. This is how I found my own healing. Unfortunately, we live in a world that sees grief differently. When we lose someone, we are told to move on and to get over our sadness, because grief is commonly perceived as something that needs to be fixed. As a result, the bereaved feel misunderstood, and they end up grieving in silence, while the topic of death becomes a stronger taboo.
And silent grief can become deadly grief. I've seen it too many times.
Having National Grief Awareness Day recognized by our government will be the first milestone in opening our eyes to a serious issue that has never been properly addressed. This way we'll start seeing grief as the natural consequence of the love we have for someone we've lost.
Please, join me in asking President Donald J. Trump to declare August 30th as a day of awareness and education around grief.
With all my love,
Angie Cartwright, Founder of National Grief Awareness Day
National Grief Awareness Day
Dear Mr. President,
Re: National Grief Awareness Day August 30th
My name is Angie Cartwright. I live in Kansas. After losing my sister, husband and mother, I became an educator and grief advocate dedicating my life’s purpose to helping those who grieve. By reaching out to hundred of thousands of grievers on social media for the past four years, I found that healing can only take place when grief is not shamed, rushed or tabooed.
However, we live in a country where millions of grievers are shamed, rushed or muted by a culture that struggles with the untouchable taboo of death. Instead of allowing grief to be unique, society “encourages” them to move on; to get over their sadness; to be strong for the rest of the family. As a result, the bereaved feel misunderstood and ashamed, and they end up grieving in silence.
The problem is that silent grief can become deadly grief. I have seen it many times. So, what can we do to help all these people? First of all, I firmly believe we need to start changing the conversation around grief. With your support, we will be able to start seeing grief as the natural consequence of the love we have for someone we have lost, instead of treating it as something that is either negative or that we need to fix.
This is why we are asking you for a dedicated day, August 30th, to be recognized by you and our government as a National Grief Awareness Day.
National Grief Awareness Day will be a day of awareness and education; a date to support the grieving community with events and social media campaigns; a mark on the calendar to remind the world that grief is OK.
We are confident that we can reach millions of people and galvanize support from a variety of fields, such as the health sector, bereavement support organizations, the funeral industry, religious institutions, academic organizations and our communities.
National Grief Awareness Day
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