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Register Early for our August Workshops!

Online registration is now open for our 2012 Summer Workshops! We're excited to provide you with four different workshop opportunities this summer. All trainings take place at our home in Arlington and last from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Continuing Education Credits are available. Register early and save $10 on your registration fee! These workshops have been popular in the past with teachers, social workers, health care professionals, and religious leaders. Whether you help support grieving children in your professional or personal life (or both), these workshops will provide you with strategies and tools for working with children and teens of all ages. Workshops offered include: Fostering Resiliency in Children Coping with Death, Illness, & Other Losses (Wednesday, August 1st) Helping Your Community Respond to Loss: Creating a Crisis Team & Plan of Action (Tuesday, August 7th) "If we lost Uncle David, why don't we go find him?" Strategies for Talking with Young Children about Death, Dying, & Loss (Thursday, August 9th) Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescence (Tuesday, August 14th) To learn more and register for any of these workshops, please visit our 2012 Summer Workshop Series page!

By |June 25th, 2012|Categories: Events, News, Resources, Teens, Training, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Register Early for our August Workshops!

Teen Performance Troupe Delivers Memorable Performance

Members of the 2012 Teen Performance Troupe took to the stage for their last time this year on Friday, June 8th at Belmont Hill School's Kraft Theatre. The Teen Performance Troupe is a unique piece of TCR programming. Each year teens from TCR join together to create their own original show about grief and loss in their lives. Over the years the Troupe has performed for a variety of audiences, including schools, children's centers, doctors, nurses, and the general community. You can read more about the Teen Performance Troupe and our alumni teens by clicking here. If you have questions about our Teen Performance Troupe - or would like them to perform in your community next season - find out more by emailing info@childrensroom.org.

By |May 24th, 2012|Categories: Art, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Teens|Comments Off on Teen Performance Troupe Delivers Memorable Performance

Annual Memories Walk – October 2nd

Memories That Move Us - Our annual Memories Walk was a wonderful day for our community, and we thank our many supporters for being part of our biggest walk ever!  Please check back soon to see more photographs from the day, featuring walkers in bright green shirts. We will also be posting more news about how this event helped with our fall fundraising efforts to support The Children's Room. Still want to donate to this year's walk? It's not too late to make an online contribution at  Firstgiving. Again, we thank our generous walk sponsors, all the friends and volunteers and donors who made our Memories Walk a success again this year, and we especially thank the Arlington Hockey Club for another amazing year of support!

By |October 3rd, 2011|Categories: Child Loss, College Students, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Parents Council, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Annual Memories Walk – October 2nd

Community Support for Memories Walk Amazing

We had sunshine yesterday for the annual Memories Walk, but more importantly we were surrounded by familes, volunteers, and friends who came to support the mission and programs of The Children's Room. The community support was simply amazing.  We would like to thank everyone who walked, donated, and sent words of encouragement.  And we would like to give special thanks to our Sol Circle walkers, the Arlington Hockey Club, and Robert's Birthday party. Donations can still be made online at www.firstgiving.com/childrensroom, or by mail.

By |October 4th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Resources, Rituals, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Community Support for Memories Walk Amazing

Upcoming Workshop: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents – May 22

For most, adolescence is a period of life defined by growth and new beginnings. Yet for many teens it can be a time marred by grief and turmoil. This workshop will explore how teens make sense of and negotiate between these two competing worlds.  Social workers, counselors, teachers, parents, and any adult working with teens will learn tools and strategies to work with and support teens through all kinds of loss. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 22 from 9:30am-4:30pm at our house in Arlington. For more information and registration for this and our other three workshops (each focused on a different age group), please visit our Spring-Summer Workshop Series page.

By |May 10th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Resources, Teens, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Upcoming Workshop: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents – May 22

Teens Share Personal Stories of Loss through Performance

The Children’s Room Teen Performance Troupe has been on the road, performing their original skits and answering candid questions in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and social service agencies across Massachusetts.  The teens bravely and honestly share their personal grief stories and experiences with their audiences. So often kids hold feelings of grief deep inside, and their grief is unrecognized and unacknowledged. These teens reach out to others with the message that breaking this silence is redemptive and healing. The Teen Performance Troupe is an integral part of The Children’s Room outreach and education effort in our communities, so that our message of hope and compassion reaches many more children in diverse neighborhoods and schools. For many children whose families cannot access bereavement services, the teen troupe brings empathy and validation. The troupe performance calendar includes dates for Lexington, Plymouth, and Newton schools, Tufts and BC, and a bereavement center in Northampton.  Please contact us if you would like to learn more about scheduling a performance, or read more about The Teen Performance Troupe. We invite everyone to join us at the Belmont Hill School on June 6th for the final public performance of the season.

By |March 25th, 2010|Categories: College Students, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Newsletter, Resources, Teens|Comments Off on Teens Share Personal Stories of Loss through Performance

Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

Our Parent Alumni Group is hosting a discussion group on Sunday, March 7, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please join us for an evening of conversation around the topic of helping your teenager through their loss. Alumni parents, current parents, and waitlist parents are all welcome, as well as anyone interested in joining the discussion around this topic. RSVP by emailing info@childrensroom.org.  The group meets at The Children's Room, 1210 Mass Ave, Arlington.

By |March 6th, 2010|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council, Resources, Teens|Comments Off on Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

Teen Performance Troupe Premiere

The Teen Performance Troupe has written an original show about grief in the lives of teens. Each of the performers is a teen who has experienced the death of a family member, and they have worked to incorporate their personal stories into an innovative performance.  The Children's Room Teen Performance Troupe looks forward to sharing their opening show with a supportive and caring audience: Sunday, February 7th at 7:00 pm Arlington Center for the Arts 41 Foster Street in Arlington For directions, visit the ACA website: http://www.acarts.org/directions.php

By |January 26th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Teens|Comments Off on Teen Performance Troupe Premiere

Memories Walk Shines in the Sun

Thank you to the 350+ walkers who joined us, and to the many others who supported us from a distance!  Our Memories Walk and 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 4th was such a meaningful and successful day.  We enjoyed family, friends, inspiring words, sun (!) -- and even a rainbow to bring the day to a wonderful conclusion.   There is still plenty of time to donate. The online teams and fundraising pages on Firstgiving at www.Firstgiving.com/childrensroom will remain up through the New Year. Since this is our 10th Anniversary, we hope people will keep on donating to teams and friends right through the end of the year -- and spread the word that you can still create a new fundraising page and help the children in our program.   Thank you so much for the outpouring of support. We are deeply grateful!! Check back soon for more reflections on the day and to see pictures.

By |November 15th, 2009|Categories: College Students, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Newsletter, Resources, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Memories Walk Shines in the Sun

Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: Sunday Night Discussion – November 8

For parents and other adults who have lost a close loved one – family or friend, there are so many discussions, issues, and concerns that arise.  There are topics that are difficult to discuss with people who have not experienced something similar. The Children’s Room Parents Council, a group of program alumni who are dedicated to our mission and to the support of peers, is offering a Sunday Night Discussion Series to create a forum for these conversations.  These discussions are open to the public, and there is no fee to attend.  We just ask that you RSVP. All discussion groups will meet from 6:30-8:00 at our house in Arlington.  The next 2 topics in the series are: Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: November 8th Holding on to traditions or letting go? How about creating “new” traditions? Come hear how others have found ways to get through some of the most difficult days and situations. Dating and/or Remarriage After the Loss of a Spouse: January 10th Listen to and discuss with others the complex issues around this decision -- from finding the time to date, to bringing the children into the new relationship, to merging households. Upcoming Discussions: Helping Your Teenagers Through the Loss of  a Loved One: March 7 Your Changing Relationship to Your In-Laws After the Loss of Your Spouse: May 2 Please visit our calendar for a complete schedule. For more information or to RSVP for a Discussion, please send email to info@childrensroom.org.

By |November 4th, 2009|Categories: Advocacy, Child Loss, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources, Rituals, Teens|Comments Off on Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: Sunday Night Discussion – November 8