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IRemember, An Evening of Hospitality, Healing and Hope

Thursday, January 2, 2014 • 11:17am

Over 100 community members attended iRememeber, An Evening of Hospitality, Healing and Hope on Children’s Grief Awareness Day in November. Thank you to Temple Emanu-El for hosting the event. iRemember brings together children and adults of all ages from from throughout Westfield and beyond to remember the people in our lives who have died, and celebrate the resilience and healing of those who grieve.

There was a community art project, the sharing of music, memories and readings, followed by delicious desserts and refreshments made by volunteers and blue cupcakes donated by Carlo’s Bakery in Westfield.  (Blue is the color for Children’s Grief Awareness Day.)  Thank you to Imagine Youth Advisory Council member Madeleine Rosenthal for her beautiful singing and to Fraser Weist her accompanist, and to our beautiful harpist.

A pear tree donated by SJC Lawncare in Westfield was decorated with origami flowers made by the participants during the evening. Each flower contained messages to their loved ones. The tree will be planted outside at Temple-Emanu-El designating it the second safe Good Mourning Site in Westfield. [First United Methodist Church is the first.] Participants also wrote messages and memories on a Memory Wall during the evening.

Thank you to iRemember Committee Chair, John Delesio of Westfield, and all the committee members who made this event possible.

To learn more about becoming a Good Mourning Site contact Mandi Zucker at mandi@imaginenj.org or call 908-264-3100.

Be sure to save the date of November 20th, 2014 for next year’s iRemember event on Children’s Grief Awareness Day.

Thank you to Bradley Funeral Homes for sponsoring this event.

Mary Robinson, is the Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in Westfield, NJ and the Founder and former Executive Director of Good Grief located in Morristown, NJ.  Working and volunteering in the field of grief support since 1997, Ms. Robinson’s commitment is to ensure grieving children’s resiliency, emotional health and well-being.  Mary has a BA in English and an MA in Applied Psychoanalysis, and holds a Certificate in Thanatology and is a certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor.  She is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children

 

 

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