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State Farm Grant Supports Families in Union County

Arlene Lester, State Farm Public Affairs

Monday, February 10, 2014 • 11:24am

Imagine losing a loved one and having no one to support you through the grief. That is when neighbors are so important. State Farm became a “good neighbor” to families in Union County and surrounding areas by supporting Imagine, Inc.

Recently Senator Tom Kean joined State Farm Agent Christine Cosenza at Imagine’s office in Westfield, NJ, to present a grant for $3,500. Senator Kean serves on the Leadership Council of the organization and State Farm Agent Cosenza marks her second year supporting this group.

A year-round grief support center located in Westfield NJ, Imagine, Inc., provides programs for children and teens who are coping with loss due to the death or terminal/chronic illness of a parent or other primary caregiver. The program also supports parents and guardians in concurrent support groups.  These sessions strengthen the entire family.

“This is our second year supporting Imagine, Inc.  We understand the challenges families face during illness or loss of a loved one and I am proud that State Farm can support them during their healing process.”, said Christine.

Recalling why she started the organization, Founder and Executive Director Mary Robinson said, “As adults it is our job to help children navigate life’s painful losses and create loving supportive communities in which children can mourn their losses in healthy ways. That is the work of Imagine, and we are thankful for State Farm’s support.” 

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About Imagine, Inc.:

Imagine, Inc. is founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment and that the role of peers and a caring, healthy adult in the life of a grieving child is critically important.   Imagine is a community-based model that supports and enhances the lives of grieving children and teens at a critical time in their development

Mission

The mission of Imagine is to support children and families coping with loss and to foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve.  This is done through their year-round peer grief support center and through educational programs and advocacy.

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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