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Focus on Grief of Children to Turn Duquesne Campus Blue

A social justice class taught by Dr. Patricia A. Sheahan, adjunct in Duquesne University's School of Education and a Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, will share information and invite the campus community to wear blue on Monday, Nov. 16, in preparation for national Children's Grief Awareness Day.

Six information stations in the Duquesne Union atrium will offer activities and goodies, Sheahan said, including:

  • A station staffed by Highmark personnel who will share flyers, posters and information about The Caring Place in Pittsburgh, which is devoted to helping grieving children
  • A Blue Chain of Caring station, hosted by social justice students, where people can add a note to the display
  • Student ambassadors for The Caring Place promoting awareness of National Children's Grief Awareness Day
  • A tattoo of the blue butterfly, a symbol of hope, for those who want a reminder of this day
  • An opportunity to share notes with The Caring Place children and families, and to hang a blue butterfly in memory of a loved one
  • Blue cupcakes, cookies and candy
  • Distribution of candles and blue glow sticks during a special Mass for Peace at 8 p.m. in the chapel.

A luminaria butterfly will be created outside College Hall and the symbolic blue butterflies will be drawn on the Union sidewalk. "Blue Outs" will be staged in the Union and library.

Children's Grief Awareness Day will be observed nationally on Thursday, Nov. 19.

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