Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium Press Release October 2013

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October 15, 2013

Christine A. Cannon, PhD, RN, Co-Chair
Nina Bennett, MS, Co-Chair
Stephanie Traynor, PsyD, MBA, Co-Chair

Join In Grief Awareness Week with Events in November

Newark, Delaware The Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium is a group of volunteers with personal interests and professional expertise in supporting those who are grieving. Our mission is to improve the public’s and professionals’ understanding of grief, to provide an up-to-date online directory of bereavement resources for families, and to promote the expression of grief through involvement in the arts and events during Grief Awareness Week.

During the month of November, the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium encourages people to talk and express their feelings of loss and grief, honor the memory of family and friends who have passed away, and attend events in their communities.

In 2009, Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn proclaimed the first week in November as Delaware’s Grief Awareness Week. It reminds us of the widespread prevalence of grief as a normal process in loss and bereavement. Many organizations are embracing the words of the Governor’s Proclamation by displaying it in prominent locations in all three counties. The Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium asks that all Delawareans read the proclamation which can be found on the group’s website ( with the hope that it will trigger moments of reflection and discussion.

In celebration of the week and in honor of the impact of loss and grief on our state, the Consortium recognizes the many activities throughout the month of November that support the expression of loss and grief as families look towards the holiday season. Throughout November, local activities and events open to the public include presentations, discussions, memorial services, performances, and even a children’s art show. Please see the attached list of activities for more information. A complete list can be found at .


Statewide list of activities (updates available online)

 Governor’s Proclamation of Grief Awareness Week


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