No child, teen or family should have to grieve alone.
The Children’s Room offers hope and healing to children and teens ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. We also provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to meet with each other and talk about their own experiences parenting a grieving child, and to give and receive support around their own grief.
As the leading nonprofit in Massachusetts serving grieving children, teens, and families, our staff provides workshops, trainings, consultations, and crisis response. We educate the community about issues related to grief and loss, using the expertise we’ve developed through working with thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults.
There are many ways to become involved with The Children’s Room! The Children’s Room wouldn’t exist without volunteers. We have more than 60 volunteer group facilitators whose time and energy makes a lasting difference in the lives of grieving children, teens and adults. We are also grateful for the generous support we’ve received from the community.
The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.
We offer peer support groups at our main center in Arlington, in schools, and at community-based organizations.
The Children’s Room was founded on the belief that every child, teen and family grieving a death deserves a safe, supportive and understanding environment.
We seek to broaden our impact by expanding our support services and educational outreach and deepening our community collaborations.
We aspire to be a leader in the field of grief support and a catalyst in transforming society’s understanding of grief.
We envision a world where understanding and patience allow loss to be integrated into our lives and lead to greater compassion, hope and growth.
The Children’s Room culture and all its services reflect the following fundamental beliefs…
- Grief is a natural and healthy response to death.
- Everyone experiences grief in a unique way.
- The experience of grief does not end, but changes over time.
- Within each of us there is a natural capacity to adapt to a world changed by death.
- Being with others who have experienced a death reduces isolation and can provide hope.
- Grief is transformative and can lead to personal growth not previously imagined.
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We regularly host tours of The Children’s Room as a unique way to bring our mission to a wider audience. The tour takes no more than one hour. Guests hear a heartfelt welcome from a board or staff member and then take a guided walk through the house.
We’ll share some inspiring stories about how our children and their families find connection, empathy and validation, as well as some practical resources for coping with grief.