Our Support Programs
Imagine provides free peer grief support groups for children and teens coping with loss due to death or who are living with a family member with a life-altering illness. Concurrent support is provided for the parent or guardian of the youth attending Imagine. Group members share feelings and develop healthy and constructive coping tools and strategies. Grief is a universal human experience yet people often feel very alone and isolated. And even report feeling crazy. At Imagine children and adults discover what they are feeling is normal and that they are not alone.
Imagine uses the peer support group model, the healing arts (paint, music, writing, clay,) physical play and movement, service to others, and community gatherings to provide a safe and healing environment for coping with the painful feelings that accompany loss. Children, teens and adults learn lifelong healthy coping skills, build on their natural resilience, and make meaning from their loss that allows for growth, healing and transformation.
Imagine peer support groups are facilitated by trained adult and teen volunteers and is available year-round (except July and August) and is free of charge for all participants. The peer support model has been well studied and has consistently been found to facilitate supportive interpersonal relationships, reduce isolation, and to foster increased resiliency including problem solving, improved communication, the ability to ask for help, and the development of an internal locus of control.
“The words I commonly use now thanks to Imagine, are future, healing, and hope. Imagine has enabled me to be a better mom and provide my daughter with a strong foundation of support. We are healing together. Something I wouldn’t have believed possible just nine months ago.”
- Deonna Powell, Parent