The Highmark Caring Place is recognizing Children's Grief Awareness Day this Thursday.

It created this day of observation to support the grieving children around us, particularly as we approach the holiday season.

You are encouraged to wear blue Thursday to demonstrate your support for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

The Caring Place gives grieving children and families a place to gather with others who understand what they're experiencing.

"One in 18 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they turn before they graduate high school," said Kristie Nosich, program manager for Highmark Caring Place. "It's so important because when children are grieving, they feel so sad, they feel so alone, and they feel isolated. What we want to remind them is that life can go on without that person and that there is hope. Having fun at the Caring Place is one of the best things about this place."

The services are all free of charge, thanks in part to community support.