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National Grief Awareness Day 2021
"Grief is like an ocean, it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes, it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn how to swim."- Vicki HarrisonNational Grief Awareness Day takes place every year on August 30th. The purpose of this day is to acknowledge and raise awareness of the various ways individuals cope with loss. This loss is most often associated with the death of a loved one, but it can also be the result of other situations that occur in a person's life. These can include the loss of identity (ex. a person who loses his or her job), loss of safety (ex. members in a community who encountered violence and now feel unsafe), loss of autonomy (ex. a person with a degenerative disease who grieves the loss of physical or cognitive abilities), and loss of dreams or expectations (ex. a person or couple who dream of starting a family but experience infertility).
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Very interesting that Grief Awareness Day is the day before International Overdose Awareness Day when so many are grieving loved ones they have lost to overdose. This is very timely.
The correspondence of Trauma, Grief, SUD, and Overdose is no coincidence. Very interesting blog with an amazing number of brilliant linked articles, outstanding job!
We are all too familiar with an incomprehensible degree of loss in our Mercer County & NJ communities due to the opioid & other SUDs related deaths. All of us encounter loss in the cycle of life, but many families here are confronted with lives pre-empted by addiction.As a family, we encountered the deaths of two young children in our immediate family from a car accident. It left us revealing for years. The resources Vanessa gathered in her blog are extremely useful utilities! I hope everyone will check them out. Thank you so much, Vanessa