Coping with a Life-Altering Illness in the Family | Imagine NJ

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Grief Begins At Diagnosis

Coping With Illness

Do you, or someone in your family, have a life-altering illness?  Do you need help talking to your children about a diagnosis or an impending death?  Imagine is here to walk you through these difficult conversations, and answer questions as they come up.  We support families in having open, honest, age-appropriate discussions about an illness in the family. Support groups for caregivers and children, in-home support, individual support or phone support are currently provided.  

When someone is diagnosed with a life-altering or terminal illness, they and their loved ones grieve.  They grieve for the person who once had health; they grieve for the life they had planned and for all of the losses that come with illness (loss of finances, a healthy person to share experiences, family time or time with friends without the worry of care giving, to name a few).  But often, children are left to grieve alone when a family member is ill.  Afraid to discuss the possible outcomes of a devastating illness, or so focused on the potential for a cure, families often forget that children have big feelings about the illness.  They need a place to talk about these feelings, and Imagine can help provide that.

Peer-support groups are currently available for caregivers and children every other Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 PM year round. Please contact Imagine to schedule an orientation at 908-264-3100.

If you would like to attend the program, please call 908-264-3100 to schedule an individual or family orientation.

Talk Openly

“Here at Imagine, there is a roomful of people who are going through the exact same thing I am. We can talk openly about what we’re feeling and there is no worry that any judgement will be passed. During this past year at Imagine, I have met a wonderful group of people who I am so happy to call my friends.”

– Amanda Maxwell, Imagine participant