Sadly, children and youth experience loss: divorce, moving, friendship, sports injuries as well as illness or death of a parent or sibling. Despite these losses, children can learn to become more resilient and adapt to change if given the right support. How can we best support them in their homes, communities and schools? Allowing them to share their feelings with trusted adults and peers encourages them to explore coping in healthy ways. Those who attend this training will learn: How children and adults grieve differently, how grief affects behavior and ways to support grieving children and youth.

Fostering Resilience in Children Coping with Loss is for anyone who wants to learn how to support a grieving child or youth. 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.

"Research shows the most important thing a grieving child needs is the active presence of at least one caring, healthy, functional adult in their life who acknowledges them and their loss,” says Imagine Executive Director, Mary Robinson.  "This program explores how adults can be that active and loving presence in the life of a grieving child or youth."

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This program will teach you how to be that presence in the life of a grieving child or youth.

This program will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 on Wednesday, May 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield. (Parking is behind the church at 130 Ferris Place.) A $20 donation is appreciated. Pizza dinner will be provided at 6:00 and the program will begin at 6:30. Please RSVP by Monday, May 2.

To RSVP or for further information contact Connie Palmer at connie@imaginenj.org or call 908-264-3100. Visit their website at http://imaginenj.org/.