Perspectives on Grieving
Wear Blue! Tomorrow November 17th is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. Please wear blue, and contact Imagine for how you can raise awareness, support grieving children, or get free resources for your school.
An important life lesson we want for all children is about learning how to be a winner and learning how to be a loser. Losing is more than just not winning, it's something that if done thoughtfully, can be transformative.
By Connie, Palmer, LCSW. Each month we will share what students, teachers, parents and members of the community tell us that they are "so glad they learned."
By Corey Wisler, MSW. Play is children's work. Children play A LOT at Imagine! Play is important for healthy physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Through play children learn essential life skills, such as negotiation, emotional regulation, perspective taking, equality, and problem solving (Gray, 2013).
When someone is diagnosed with a life-altering or terminal illness, they and their loved ones grieve. #GriefBeginsAtDiagnosis
What happens when the bereaved become the bullied? Mean comments that we believe to be true hurt, but planning responses can help.
“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10
Imagine’s Coping with Illness (CWI) program is a free peer-support program for families facing life-altering illnesses. A life-altering illness is any diagnosis that significantly changes one’s day-to-day life. Our peer-support groups meet concurrently once a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We have groups for children ages 3-18 and for parent-caregivers and parent-patients. All groups meet concurrently.
This piece was written in response to an editorial in the Westfield Leader about a Westfield Board of Education strategic goal to foster resilience and help students cope.
Recommended Book List Preschool Age: Sad Isn't Bad – A Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss, by Michaelene Mundy- About the death of a grandparent. About Dying: An Open Book for Parents and Children Together, by Sara Stein The Empty Place: A Child's Guide through Grief, by Roberta Temes The Dead Bird, by Margaret Brown When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie Brown Early School…