Sadly, children, teens and adults will experience different losses in life: divorce, moving, friendships ending, sports injuries or the death of a friend or family member.  Despite these losses, children, teens and adults can learn how to cope with loss, and even grow after loss, if given the right support. How can we best support grieving people in their homes, communities and schools?  Those who attend this training will learn: definitions of loss, grief, and mourning; how children and adults grieve differently; how grief affects behavior; and ways to support grieving children, teens and adults.    

Imagine’s “Supporting Children, Teens and Adults Coping with Loss” is for anyone who wants to learn how to support someone who is grieving.  While loss due to death will be the primary focus of this seminar, the concepts that will be presented are applicable to all types of loss.  It is especially important for parents and grandparents, teachers, members of community organizations, coaches, therapists, counselors and social workers to attend this program. 

Imagine’s Executive Director and Founder, Mary Robinson said, “The most important thing a grieving child needs is the active presence of at least one, preferably more, caring, healthy, and functional adults in their lives who understand that when a child has a loss they need support.”  This program will teach you how to be that presence in the life of grieving youth. 

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This program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at 244 Sheffield Street in Mountainside. CEUs are available for social workers. A $20 donation is appreciated. Pizza dinner will be provided at 6:15 and the program will begin at 6:30. 

Please register by Tuesday, March 10. To register for the training, please visit www.imaginenj.org. For further information contact Connie Palmer at connie@imaginenj.org or call 908-264-3100

Imagine is a free grief support center for children age 3-18, young adults 18-30, coping with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling, or coping with a family member living with an illness.  Concurrent support is provided for the parents and guardians of the youth.  Imagine is located in Mountainside, serving all of Union County and beyond, and in Newark’s South Ward serving Newark and surrounding towns. For more information call 908-264-3100 or visit our website at www.imaginenj.org.