MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The staff of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, will give a brief presentation on its 'Coping with Illness' program on December 10, beginning at 12 p.m. The nonprofit runs a bi-monthly support group on Wednesday evenings that is free-of-charge and open to adult caregivers under the age of 60 as well as children who are living with a family member with any chronic or terminal illness.

"Grief starts at the moment of diagnosis,” said Mary Robinson, Imagine’s Founder and Executive Director. “Often people think we only grieve when someone has died.  But we grieve all types of loss in our lives, and a diagnosis of an illness is a loss. And when we are grieving we need support.”  Imagine’s Coping with Illness program provides a safe space to express feelings and gain support from peers.

Imagine, A Center for coping with Loss is a 501(c)(3) organization providing year-round grief support for children and young adults using a peer-support group model. Trained adult volunteers and professionals provide children and teens with comfort and the tools needed to process grief resulting from death or life-altering illness. In addition to providing grief support at its two centers in Mountainside and Newark, Imagine provides education in the community, leading workshops and providing on-site support in schools and workplaces where traumatic loss has occurred. Groups, which meet on weeknights, serve children and adults from more than 55 New Jersey towns.

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For those who are interested in learning more, but can’t attend the briefing, please contact Abigail at abigail@imaginenj.org or 908-264-3100.

Imagine is located at 244 Sheffield Street in Mountainside.