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Perspectives on Grieving

The Gift of Having all of Your Feelings: Grief and the Holidays

There is so much pressure to be happy in our culture, especially at the holidays. We are supposed to have a Happy Thanksgiving, a “merry little Christmas” or a Happy Hanukah. But grief doesn’t take a holiday.

Children's Grief Awareness Day

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.

Election 2016: What's Grief Got To Do With It? By Connie Palmer, LCSW

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.

"I'm So Glad I Learned..."

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."

The Importance of Play

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).

Grief Begins at Diagnosis

When someone is diagnosed with a life-altering or terminal illness, they and their loved ones grieve. #GriefBeginsAtDiagnosis

Grief and Bullying

What happens when the bereaved become the bullied? Mean comments that we believe to be true hurt, but planning responses can help.

'How do you hold your dad in your life?' she asked

“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10

Grief Starts at the Moment of Diagnosis: Imagine's Coping with Illness Program

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.

The Times Have Changed and Everyone Needs to Help Kids Cope

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.