Perspectives on Grieving
This past weekend our community suffered a loss – an unexpected and devastating loss, of a young woman, Terry DiFalco.
It is real, and it is painful, and modern medicine has proven it.
“Tears are of extreme relevance for human nature. We cry because we need other people." Dr. Ad Vingerhoets
Maria Housden's article in "We Need Not Walk Along," the national magazine of The Compassionate Friends, described as “a support group in print,” featuring articles by and for parents, siblings, and grandparents who are grieving the death of a child in their family.
So what happens when someone dies? Do family photos become terrible reminders of the person who has died, or symbols of the love and support that the person provided? We think the latter....
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.
Wear Blue! Tomorrow November 17th is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. Please wear blue, and contact Imagine for how you can raise awareness, support grieving children, or get free resources for your school.
An important life lesson we want for all children is about learning how to be a winner and learning how to be a loser. Losing is more than just not winning, it's something that if done thoughtfully, can be transformative.
By Connie, Palmer, LCSW. Each month we will share what students, teachers, parents and members of the community tell us that they are "so glad they learned."
By Corey Wisler, MSW. Play is children's work. Children play A LOT at Imagine! Play is important for healthy physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Through play children learn essential life skills, such as negotiation, emotional regulation, perspective taking, equality, and problem solving (Gray, 2013).