Talking about Grief

November 14, 2017

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives ...

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On Saturday, Sept. 9, Imagine held its’ sixth youth facilitator training. Eighteen amazing young people, ages 14 to 18, attended the full day training which sensitizes teen participants to the issue of childhood grief, and prepares the youth to assist with the facilitation of peer-support groups ...

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Over 100 volunteers and their family and friends filled the new space at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss on April 27 for the fifth annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Dinner, music, coffee and awards were provided to show the volunteers how special and appreciated they are! The evening ...

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“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” - Elie Wiesel As I popped onto Facebook briefly on Tuesday, I learned about the chemical attack that took place in Syria. This was the first I had heard of an attack. Scrolling through my feed, there it was. I was confronted with the absolute ...

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Eleven new volunteers attended our four-day volunteer facilitator training to help Imagine start a fifth Night of Support. “The training has restored my belief in the compassion of all and was truly transformative. I have learned so much and my life will be, and already has been, enriched by the ...

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This past weekend our community suffered a loss – an unexpected and devastating loss, of a young woman, Terry DiFalco. I say our community, because the ripple effects of any loss in a close knit community like ours, is felt far and wide. I say “our loss” while being aware of and sensitive to the ...

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“We are so grateful to The Northfield Bank Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 for the expansion of our bereavement support programs at our new center in Mountainside!” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  “We are moving in the nick of time as all of our Green Groups (ages 10-12 ...

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How can we cope and take care of ourselves in the midst of trauma and loss.  As we move through this holiday season with all of its expectations and commitments, please remember to be gentle with yourself and practice good self care.  Here are some resolutions to consider...  I resolve... - ...

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One of the gifts of working in the field of children’s grief support is the support I receive from my family and friends. They always have their eyes peeled for interesting articles that relate to grief and loss. Usually they send the articles to me with a kind note, like “this made me think of ...

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What’s the most important thing we can teach children? “Teach them how to lose.”  Dr. Henry Cloud  Open to all members of the community please join Imagine for a workshop Fostering Resilience in Grieving Children, and invite your friends and family.  Ideal for parents, caregivers, social ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, serving all of Union County and beyond, provides free grief support programs for children, teens and young adults who are coping with a chronic or terminal illness in the family as well as a loss due to death. The program also provides separate support groups ...

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On Oct. 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss and the First United Methodist Church of Westfield present a screening and discussion of the documentary “The Mask You Live In.” “The Mask You Live In” is a documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle ...

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The Board of Trustees of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss has announced that Suzanne Glatt, a resident of Summit, has joined their Board.  Glatt has been Director of Development at Far Brook School in Short Hills since 2011. Prior, she served as the Donor Relations Officer at NJ SEEDS, ...

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“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10 I first began working in the field of children’s grief support in 1997 as a volunteer for the Rainbows program in Montclair. I’ll never forget a little girl named Elizabeth who was 10 years old when she came to ...

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Twent new loving listeners attended Youth Volunteer Facilitator training on Sept. 10 at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located at First United Methodist Church in Westfield.  One youth facilitator stated, “This is an honorable cause that I would love to volunteer my time to,” and that he ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss Program Director, Mandi Zucker,presented a 3-hour workshop for Westfield 16 High School and Middle School Guidance Counselors called "How to Support Grieving Students."   The staff learned new ways to listen to students and new ways to create a culture of ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is excited to welcome back participants from 45 different NJ towns in September after our summer break. Imagine exists to provide support to children and families after a life-altering diagnosis or a death, in a safe environment where children and adults ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, a free grief support center for children and adults coping with loss due to death, is recruiting youth volunteers for its Fall 2016 class of Volunteer Youth Facilitators and for the Imagine Youth Advisory Council (iYAC.) Youth Facilitators provide support to ...

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When I ask people how they heard about the bereavement program at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, their response will often be very simple: “Everyone!” That response fills me with hope. It tells me our community recognizes the emotional needs of grieving children. The culture of grief ...

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I commend the Westfield Board of Education for identifying the need to “Foster a culture of health and wellness” and prioritize helping students cope and grow more resilient. Schools should be a place where students can grow in their emotional intelligence and learn how to cope with and be ...

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When a mass tragedy, such as a school shooting or bombing occurs, children will often feel scared. Some have many questions for adults. Others say very little, leaving adults wondering what they know or understand. Caring adults may feel a huge sense of responsibility to protect their children as ...

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Amy Yin of Amy Yin Interiors, a design firm in Short Hills, provided opening remarks for 300 guests who attended the 5th annual “Imagine a Center of Our Own” Fundraising breakfast event on June 6, 2016 at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.   Amy’s firm is an event sponsor and a major ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in partnership with Atlantic Health System is holding a free community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.  After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation ...

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After searching in card stores and online for sympathy cards designed for children and teens and not finding any, Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss decided to make its own. (Find them here.) It invited participants in its programs to come in and work with local artist, Sara Lowry, to design ...

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“True strength is smiling when you want to cry, laughing to hide the pain and going on, no matter what.” – Nishan Panwar I saw that on someone’s Facebook page.  It was a reply to a status update about a friend’s tenuous health and uncertain prognosis. The original status had said that things ...

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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, ...

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Thank you to January 2016 newly trained class of volunteer facilitators!  Imagine is so grateful for all of the time, effort and dedication of all of our volunteers who serve as companions to the over 200 participants in the program.  “Volunteer facilitators are the very foundation of our ...

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Feelings with a Capital "F" I have seen adults go to extreme lengths to keep children from experiencing negative emotions, like anger, sadness, confusion, and anxiety. We hear such stories on TV – they can be almost comical, like the always popular “replacing the dead fish with a new one” ...

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Imagine received a $10,000 KidCents donation from The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program as part of their Big Hearts Give Challenge.  KidCents allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar anddonate their change to supports kid-focused charities.  “We are so ...

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Over 60 guests and volunteers turned out Thursday evening Feb. 11, despite the cold, for the Public Kickoff of Imagine's Campaign for Sustainability and New Space, a $3.5 Million 3 year campaign.  The event was held at 1154 Rt. 22 West in Mountainside, one of the possible  locations for Imagine's ...

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