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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…

Talking to your child about death – Step Two: Let them have all of their feelings

We have seen adults go to extreme lengths to keep children from experiencing negative emotions, like anger, sadness, confusion, and anxiety. We hear such stories on TV – they can be almost comical, like the always popular “replacing the dead fish with a new one” storyline or the “the dog lives on a farm now” plot - but in the end the adults usually have to tell the truth, the difficult stuff is glossed over, and the episode ends with a group hug.

Talking To Your Child About Dying – Step One: Honesty

“My husband is going to die and I have no idea how to tell our three year old daughter.” This sentence comes speeding through the receiver the moment I pick up the phone. If this were my private phone line then perhaps this would seem strange, but it’s not. It’s my work line at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, where calls like this happen fairly often.

National Suicide Prevention Week: Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives

The week of September 7–September 13, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week: Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives and surrounds International Suicide Prevention Day, Wednesday, September 10th.

Don't Give Away Your Power to a Bully

Though this is not the typical response to bullies, Imagine Clinical Training Director Connie Palmer, LCSW, has seen this approach work very effectively. We believe this can really help if your child, or you, is being bullied. Connie teaches about bullying and grief and loss in schools and in the community. This article was written in support of and response to our favorite colleagues and awesome writers at the What's Your Grief Blog on Grief and Bullying.

Going Back to School. 9, No, Make That TEN Tips to Help your Child Transition After a Loss

We are big, big fans of the blog and website "What's Your Grief."  Their latest blog contains 9 tips on how to support your child in going back to school if they have experienced a death in their lifeover the summer, or even further back.  All of their tips are spot on, but we would just one more.  Tip # 10:  Look for peer grief support groups in your community. With over 500 free childrens grief support centers throughout the U.S. its more than likely you'll find one nearby. This can be the most helpful thing for your child...discovering they are not alone and that what they are feeling is normal. Grief is a normal, natural response to loss. Click HERE for the full article.

Lisa Maron's Story of Before and After

Carli Maron sang the opening song, Home, with her fellow teen group participant Alana Hammond, both of Westfield, at our 4th annual Imagine a World Breakfast.

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.

You're Not Going Mad... You're Grieving

We are used to seeing bereavement as best coped with in stages: from denial through anger to final acceptance. But in Annette Bening’s new movie, The Face of Love (out on DVD on 2 February), grieving is seen as a much more complex process of adjustment.

Be a Friend in Deed

A single mother of two teenage boys loses her job. Then she loses her car. Then her house. Then she can’t pay her bills. When this happened to Michelle Bergeron a few years ago, it was a slow-motion spiral out of control.