Messages of HOPE

You may be holding on to HOPE in memory of someone you love. Who is that person, and what memories do you want to share about them?

You may know a child (or an adult) who is grieving the loss of a loved one. You may be holding on to HOPE in honor of them. Who is that person, and what makes him/her special?

You may know a group or an organization that works to support grieving children. You might want to hold on to HOPE in support of them. Who is this organization, and what do they do to make you proud of their work?

Or you (individually or as a particular group) may simply want to hold on to HOPE in support of all grieving children and send out HOPE from yourself, your family or your group. Who are you, and what would you like to say to grieving kids?

These personalized messages can be very powerful as others see what Holding On To HOPE means to you.

Holding On To HOPE

When someone we love dies, it hurts, sometimes more than we ever thought it could hurt. Although it can seem as if the intense pain will never go away, it can ease over time. Grief lasts a lifetime—we will miss them forever—but there is hope.

In those times that it hurts the most, we can hold on to the hope that "it won't always hurt so bad."

HOPE the butterfly

HOPE the Butterfly was created to spread this message of hope to grieving children across the world. No one can just take away a child's grief. No one can bring back the person who has died. But we can show grieving children that they're not alone. We can show them we care. We can show them we're there for them.

Grieving children can hold on to our support, our care. Grieving children can hold on to hope.

How you can help

Here's one way you can help—you can hold on to HOPE and show grieving children "I care and I am here."

Print out HOPE the Butterfly and let people know why you are holding on to HOPE by writing (or drawing) the reason right on the printed page itself.

After writing (or drawing) your message, have a picture taken of you and HOPE and share your picture online with grieving kids throughout the world. Let these kids see that it's possible to Hold On To HOPE. (For details on how to upload your photo, see Instructions for Sharing HOPE below)

The goal is to have as many pictures of as many different people in as many different places as possible "Holding On To HOPE" as a message to grieving children everywhere that they are not alone. Please add your voice—and your photo—to this message of HOPE. And you can continue to spread HOPE beyond that. Pass it on—share HOPE with your friends and family by sending HOPE to them as well. You can send HOPE either electronically or in a paper version, whatever is easier for you. Let them know what "Holding On To HOPE" is all about.

To pass HOPE on electronically, share HOPE the Butterfly through email, Facebook, Twitter or any other place you connect with friends. The more people who know about HOPE, the more HOPE can find its way into the lives of grieving children.

Instructions for sharing HOPE

You can share HOPE with grieving children from around the world—and right in your own neighborhood—by sharing a photo of you and HOPE and using #childgriefday. We want everyone to share why Children's Grief Awareness Day is important to them. Take a photo, share it, and let others know why this cause is important to you.

  • Take a photo of you holding on to HOPE. Write a message In memory of…, In honor of…, In support of…, From…, or any other message that you want to share.
  • Share the image on your social networks—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever you are. Use #childgriefday. Or post it to the Children's Grief Awareness Day Facebook page.