When you shop at Whole Foods Market in Arlington tomorrow, Tuesday April 8th, a portion of your total will be donated to The Children's Room! All donations collected that day will support the fundraising efforts of our 2014 Miles & Memories Marathon Team. Four times during the year, Whole Foods Market donates 5% of one day's net store sales to a selected non-profit. We're honored to be chosen by their Arlington location to benefit from this program. Keep an eye out for TCR volunteers at Whole Foods all day on Tuesday, April 8th. We hope to see you there! Read more about our marathon runners' inspiring stories and help support them as they prepare for Marathon Monday.
This recent editorial in the New York Times shares some wisdom from a family that has experienced tragedy and speaks to the importance of being present for someone who has experienced a death or other stressful life event. "The Art of Presence" David Brooks New York Times Jan. 20, 2014 "We have a tendency, especially in an achievement-oriented culture, to want to solve problems and repair brokenness — to propose, plan, fix, interpret, explain and solve. But what seems to be needed here is the art of presence — to perform tasks without trying to control or alter the elemental situation. Allow nature to take its course. Grant the sufferers the dignity of their own process. Let them define meaning. Sit simply through moments of pain and uncomfortable darkness. Be practical, mundane, simple and direct." Read the full piece here
One of TCR’s graduate interns, Liz D’Onofrio, will be at The Ellen DeGeneres Show tonight! Ellen called Liz back in November and heard about The Children’s Room on her nationally-televised show. She invited Liz to join her at a taping of the Ellen Show, which will take place tonight, Thursday 1/23, and likely air within a few days. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video of Ellen’s phone call with Liz. Jump to 1:28 to hear about Liz and The Children’s Room! video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
Please join The Children's Room for an evening of remembrance, comfort and hope... Circle of Light Community Candle Lighting "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." -- Desmond Tutu Wednesday, January 22nd 7:00 - 8:30 pm The Children's Room (TCR) 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington We warmly invite you to come to our first annual new year candle lighting ritual, uniting and sharing with others from our larger TCR community. The evening will include affirming readings of hope and remembrance with a creative activity for both children and adults. We will close with refreshments and an opportunity for connection. All are welcome, including children of all ages and anyone new to The Children's Room community. This is a great opportunity to bring extended family and friends to experience TCR. Everyone is invited to bring photos of special people they would like to remember. Please RSVP so that we can plan for the number of people who will be attending. RSVPs and questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-641-4741 ext. 225. When submitting your RSVP, please indicate number of children.
Deborah Rivlin, Education Director at TCR, shares her thoughts on grief and the holiday season. The holiday season can be an especially tough time for those who are grieving. Some families choose to remember a family member who has died by lighting a candle in their memory. We are all triggered in our losses at different times for different reasons, and this time of year can bring back many memories. With so many traditions and expectations surrounding the holiday season, the loss of an important person in your life may be felt even more intensely. As our calendars fill up with activities and gatherings, it's important to give ourselves permission to do what feels right for ourselves and our families. Instead of dreading the holidays, you can plan ahead and choose a meaningful way to incorporate the memory of the person who died. Perhaps your family wants to keep all of the same traditions and remember the person who died by hanging up their stocking or placing flowers or a candle at their place at the table. Or maybe you decide you would like to do something different, like taking a trip or beginning new family traditions. Some families find it meaningful to make a special photo ornament and share memories of the person who died as they place it on the tree. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays - just as there is no right or wrong way to grieve. While it's good to make plans for coping during the holidays, we also need to remember to be flexible and take care of ourselves. Grief is unique for every individual, and you are the expert on your own [...]
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to give back after the shopping craziness of BlackFriday and CyberMonday. During the holiday season and all year round, grieving children and their families look to The Children's Room for hope and connection after facing devastating loss. #GivingTuesday is the perfect time to show your support for grieving families and tell others why you give to The Children's Room. Be a part of this national day of giving and make a gift today!
We're excited to be on the national scene! This past Friday, November 22nd, TCR was mentioned on a segment of Ellen's daily talk show. Watch the video clip to learn more! (Ellen hears about TCR about halfway through this short, five-minute video.)
Come enjoy some great food and music while supporting The Children's Room! EVENT LOCATION UPDATE: Due to an electrical fire at Radio Bar, this event will now be held at a new location. P.A.'s Lounge 345 Somerville Ave. Somerville, MA 02143 Admission is $10 and a can of non-perishable food. Admission price includes an authentic slow-cooked bbq buffet from Blue Ribbon BBQ. Click on the poster image to download
Children's Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, raising awareness of the needs of grieving children at the beginning of the holiday season. This year's awareness day is Thursday, November 21st. Children's Grief Awareness Day.... is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits that they obtain through the support of others. is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child. is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need. As this year's Children's Grief Awareness Day approached, families at The Children's Room were invited to participate in a special community project on children and grief. Bright blue hearts were transformed into butterflies as children, teens and adults shared their thoughts on what others should know about grieving children. Some children and teens also shared what they would say to another child, teen or family member who is grieving. The blue butterfly is the official symbol of Children's Grief Awareness Day, and all of TCR's butterflies will be assembled into a collective Awareness Day Mural. Thank you to all of the families at TCR who shared their wisdom and "hearts" with us! You can learn more about Children's Grief Awareness Day at their official website: www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org
Becca (right) at the 10th Annual Memories Walk with Liz Cavano, TCR's Program & Administrative Coordinator My name is Becca Harris and I am the new development assistant at The Children’s Room. I am an Arlington native and a proud member of the AHS graduating class of 2008. I was fortunate to continue my education at Southern New Hampshire University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Events Management. During my time at SNHU I worked in the community service office and was able to work with different non-profits, which helped grow my passion to work in the non-profit sector after college. When I graduated in May I started applying to event and fundraising jobs at a variety of non-profits in the Boston area. When I saw the posting for the development assistant job at TCR I knew I had to apply. As an AHS alum I had seen the Teen Troupe perform and had classmates that were served over the years. I knew the work that TCR was doing would be a great match for my passion to work for a cause and begin my career as an event planner and fundraiser. I started at TCR the last week in July and have enjoyed every moment of it. I never expected to feel so needed in my role. The people I work with are so kind-hearted and full of passion for the people we serve and I feel honored to be apart of it. As the development assistant I am responsible for processing donations and assisting with TCR’s development projects and events. Our main focus the last few months has been the 10th Annual Memories Walk. I have helped with [...]