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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.

Imagine Recommended Book List on Grief and Loss by Age

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…

Talking to Your Children about Violence

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 well as insecurity about what to say to them. Here are some basic ideas to keep in mind when talking to children about violence:

Sympathy Cards for Children and Teens

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 beautifully made cards by children for children in our online store.

Child Development Grief Responses

There are multiple factors that affect the way children grieve. Developmental age is one factor that may influence children’s behaviors. Based off developmental age and what that brings, we have some suggestions for adults to consider when their child or a child they know is experiencing grief. Some recommendations are universal across ages, such as the inclusion of infants, children and adolescents…