By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic’s Student Advisory Club went on a tour on Thursday of the new facility at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, which recently moved to Mountainside.
Imagine, a grief support center for children, parents and adults coping with the loss of a family member due to death or life-altering illness, has forged a strong bond with Union Catholic over the last few years. Last month, Imagine presented the "#Here4U" Peer to Peer Grief Education program for the third year at UC..
“They just moved into a new facility so they invited us to take a tour to see what it’s like there,’’ said UC senior Paul Armento, a member of the Student Advisory Club who was a presenter at the Peer to Peer Grief Education program. “It’s very nice and very welcoming. I’m thankful for the tour because any students who might be feeling upset or know somebody who could use utilize their service can now recommend it for someone else. I think that was the pinnacle of the day. Imagine is there for anyone that needs it.’’
Armento has been in the Student Advisory Club, which is under the direction of moderator Mrs. Jennifer Dixon, for two years. He’s shared the experiences he’s had with bullying, divorce, and having an uncle pass away with fellow UC students.
“I put my sadness aside to help others,’’ said Armento. “If I can help one person by sharing my experiences then it makes it all worthwhile for me.’’