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The Story Behind Loss Awareness Day

I’m Michelle Bell, The Grief Warrior®

I’m no stranger to loss. I lost my son, Nicky, who transitioned from bone cancer at the tender age of 18. I lost my brother to suicide six years ago. I lost my best friend to murder at 18. 

Yet through it all, one thing keeps me going: community.

Loss Awareness Day isn’t a holiday; it’s a movement to empower awareness, support, and strength in the grieving community. For decades, I’ve dedicated my entire life and career to guiding and advocating for this community as a Grief Coach and Leader. 

On September 29th, we’re transforming our pain into purpose. 

Why Loss Awareness Day?

Loss can mean the loss of a human, pet, relationship, or sense of self. Loss impacts our mental health, leaving many adults and children with hidden trauma to carry each day. It’s time to stop carrying this trauma and start moving with it together.

But the very first step in healing is making space for our loss. When we honor and allow ourselves to move WITH our losses, we begin to heal.

It’s time to move from HIDING from the pain of our losses and HEAL together. Loss Awareness Day is just the beginning. Let’s make space for our hearts to heal. Let’s transform our pain into purpose.

Why September 29th?

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. But what is fall?

Fall makes us comfortable with loss. It empowers us to see beauty in change, move WITH our memories, and slow down.

This is just one reason 9/29 is going to be Loss Awareness Day. I chose this date with purest intention for our grief community.

Angel Number 929 is all about new beginnings. It’s about moving WITH, transformation, and change.

Why is 9/29 specific in numerology? This day is a courageous momentum that touches our loss journey. 9/11 comes to mind when choosing this day.

A date to remember - 9/29/2022 represents infinity - its plan of eternal intention of limitlessness, unconditional love.

Healing Starts with Awareness.

The energy of the community is raw and real. Public figures are speaking up, sharing their stories, and making waves. In August, Lisa Marie Presley opened up about the loss of her son to suicide in 2020. 

She knew it was uncomfortable, even unpopular, to talk about. But, even more, she knew the undeniable strength and power of spreading awareness.  

This is the next step. With more awareness, we create more community. We can find more hope, light, and love after loss with more support.

Loss is a Part of the Human Experience. It’s Time to Make Space for it.

  • 2.5 million people die in the U.S. each year, leaving ~12.5 million grieving family and friends. 
  • 1.5 million children in the U.S. lose one or both parents before they get to high school. 
  • 1.05 million people died in the U.S. alone from COVID-19.

Through it all, we move in silence. But Loss Awareness Day changes this. It gives our community a voice. It advocates for our needs. It’s not about “moving on” but making space for loss. 

With 1 million signatures, we can get Loss Awareness Day on the calendar and begin our journeys toward change, healing, and community.

I appreciate your support,

Michele Bell, The Grief Warrior®

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