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Black History Month 2021: Grief and Love

Black history month is a time to honor the achievements of Black Americans but this year, when there has been so much loss, we need to acknowledge that, “We are in the middle of a black bereavement crisis.” This quote, from Marissa Evan’s recent article in The Atlantic entitled, “The Relentlessness of Black Grief”, speaks to the overwhelming and cumulative grief experienced by many in the Black community.

Around the Holiday Table: Talking about Someone Who Died

My mother died on October 23, 2008.  A month later I spent that first Thanksgiving without her at my godmother Ginny’s house with her family. I had known Ginny my whole life and her three daughters, all around my age, were like cousins to me. They were all there too, one of them with her own three daughters.

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.

Election 2020: A Lesson in Learning How to Lose

Imagine Clinical Training Director, Connie Palmer, LCSW shares lessons on losing in healthy, constructive ways.

Back to College

Research shows that about 1 in 3 college students experience a death of a family member or close friend who died within the last 12 months. Here are some things to keep in mind as you return or go to college for the first time.

Father’s Day: Then & Now (An Adult’s Perspective on Childhood Grief)

Imagine Development Manager Kaitlin Casey shares what Father’s Day was like for her after her father passed away, and how her childhood emotions towards the holiday are different than the ones she feels now.

Grief in the Time of COVID-19, by Susan Angel Miller

Susan Angel Miller is the author of the memoir Permission to Thrive. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband Ron; they are the proud parents of Sara, Rachel, and their forever-beloved Laura. Here she shares some hard-earned grief and loss insights that apply in both ordinary and extraordinary times.

What is Your Heart Song?

On the television show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” one young woman has the power to hear other people’s deepest thoughts through song, which the show calls their “heart songs.” What would your own heart song be?

Coronavirus: Living Life in the Shadow of Loss

The families who come to Imagine’s support groups awake each day in the shadow of loss and grief, where the life they once knew is now forever different. For them, the reality of the coronavirus is sadly familiar and extra scary.

Sudden Death: When You Don’t Get to Say Goodbye

The sudden and tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and seven others remind us of how fragile life is. Any death turns our lives upside down, but a sudden traumatic death is like riding a roller coaster in the dark.