A Lifelong Process
Loss Due To Death
Did someone in your family die? Our groups are available any time after a person has experienced a death, for as long as support is needed. Children, especially, grieve a death in different ways as they grow and develop so it’s important that support is available to them throughout their childhood and as they transition to adulthood. Imagine is committed to providing support throughout a person’s childhood and beyond at no cost to the participant.
If you have experienced a death of a special person in your life, you will grieve. Grief is all of the feelings that a person can have when someone dies. But what do we do with all of these feelings? Mourning is the expression of all of the feelings of grief. Imagine exists to allow children and adults the opportunity to mourn in a healthy way. Our support groups for children allow them to express themselves through the natural ways that children communicate—through play, physical activity, music, writing and drawing and talking. Adults tend to rely on talking as a way to express themselves, so the adult groups are more centered on allowing the expression of feeling and coping strategies verbally.
As grief is a lifelong process, our groups are not time limited. Participants are encouraged to attend the program for as long as they need the support and can begin any time after a death has occurred. Families can also return to Imagine at any time after closing out of their group. This is important because children and teens will often re-grieve their loss during their different stages of development.
Death is a
“When you’re losing someone it’s like getting stabbed straight through your soul. Death is a big thing that people don’t really like to bring up because they think it might make it worse. But really it also might make you feel better to talk about it, to get those feelings out of your system. That's what we do at Imagine.”
- Bryce, age 12, Imagine participant