Fortune Cares – Imagine Center

For the month of April, Fortune Cares collected journals of all colors and sizes to donate to the Imagine Center, a very special grief support center for children and teens.  Every child who comes to the Imagine Center is given a journal to write their thoughts and feelings.  Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is a grief support center for children, young adults and families dealing with the death or life-altering illness of a parent, sibling or child. They provide free peer grief support year-round for as long as is needed, and  are currently serving over 220 children and families from over 44 New Jersey towns every two weeks.

Imagine is completely privately funded through the generous contributions of our donors, and our work is only made possible through their support.  If you are interested in finding out more about Imagine or donating, please click here http://www.imaginenj.org/

 Why the Name Imagine?

The movie Finding Neverland traces a young child’s journey through grief. Johnny Depp plays the role of J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Young Peter, already fatherless, loses his mother to cancer. At the funeral he tells Mr. Barrie, “I thought she would be here forever.” Mr. Barrie replies, “So did I. But in fact she is. Because she lives on in every page of your imagination.”

Children come to understand and make sense of their world through play and imagination. A child’s imagination is one of their most valuable “built-in” tools for managing fears, concerns and the stresses of life. Imagination helps children learn about their world, solve problems, empathize with others and become creative adults. Imagination is necessary for learning and helps children cope with difficult or new circumstances and allows them to stay open to what is possible in life. It is their imagination that allows children to maintain a connection with their parent or sibling who has died – whether in journaling and story writing like young Peter in the movie, carrying a touch-stone or token with them, sharing memories or countless other ways.

Our goal also is for grieving children to imagine a future of possibility, growth, resilience and transformation and for the adults in their lives to imagine the same.

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