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Union Catholic students participate in Imagine Grief Education Progam

Union Catholic students recently participated in the Imagine Grief Education Program, which featured very impactful presentations from the staff at the Imagine Center.
UC has partnered with Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in Mountainside, on this grief education program in order to normalize grief and educate students about how to provide positive support for those who are grieving.

The presentations were delivered to all the freshmen and juniors at UC during religion classes this past week. 
During the presentations, UC student mentors shared their experiences of grief and loss in their lives, and students were given several tools to help them cope with loss, challenges, and changes in their lives.
 
Dr. Jennifer Dixon, the Director of School Counseling at Union Catholic, is thankful for the continued support from the school and praised the staff at Imagine and the student mentors for their thoughtful and inspiring presentations.   
 
“I am continuously grateful to Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, for supporting the Imagine initiative, to help students learn how to cope with loss and support their peers,’’ said Dixon. "This year we welcomed three new training facilitators into our classrooms and trained several new peer mentors/companions. I am in awe of the companions and their ability to be vulnerable by speaking so candidly in front of their peers in hopes of helping others. It is because of them that we can continue this program and help create a "Good Mourning" community where it's okay for students to be vulnerable and share their struggles with peers and faculty. It is truly inspiring and is a testament to the supportive community here at UC.  I have witnessed first-hand the life changing impact this program has had on the students and look forward to the continued growth of the program.’’.  
 
Any student who is interested in becoming a companion through the Imagine Peer Mentor program or who would benefit from the support of speaking with a student companion should contact Dr. Dixon or their school counselor. 
 
 
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