Grief is a natural byproduct of loss. It has been nearly 22 years since Prince Harry lost his mother at 12-years-old. Prince Harry has only recently opened up about his mental wellbeing to the general public. In a recent interview he explained that “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” Prince Harry's candid admissions of his mental health struggles and journey with grief comes as he campaigns to end the taboo on mental health issues and establishing it as an equal counterpart to other illnesses. The Heads Together Foundation, a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aims to destigmatize and alter the conversation on grief and mental health issues. During a recent visit to Empire Fighting Chance in Bristol, England, Prince Harry asked everyone to clear the room so he could talk privately with a boy who lost his father. "The same thing happened to me," he told the boy. Though experiencing a death can be a life-changing event for anyone, childhood and adolescence are crucial periods of development. At The Children's Room we strive to create safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. Our services aim to normalize the grieving process, while preserving the understanding that grief doesn't look the same for everyone, every loss is different. TCR's Clinical Director, Nancy Frumer Styron, JD, PsyD, shares “It is amazing to see a new family come through the doors of The Children’s Room for the first time, nervous and unsure, and be warmly welcomed by those who have been here for awhile. By the end [...]
The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, May 16th on how children and teens experience grief. TCR founder Phyllis Silverman, Phd, MSW, ScM, will share knowledge she's gained from her decades of research and work with grieving children and families. Visit ADEC's website to learn more and register for this webinar. If you're not able to watch it live, you can also purchase a recording of the presentation.
What inspires someone to run in the Boston Marathon? We had a great evening in January during our Marathon Kickoff Reception, hearing from this year's runners: Courtney & Jill (pictured left), Anne, Deana, and Chris. Friends and supporters came to meet our runners and hear about what inspired them to participate in the Marathon in support of children and families at TCR. Click here to learn more about the marathon runners.
We join communities throughout Massachusetts in honoring the 9/11 Anniversary. Nearly 3,000 children lost a parent who died from the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Ten years after losing her husband, Teresa Mathai shared some of her memories and reflections with us. "Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, when I heard my husband Joseph Mathai was at a conference at Windows on the World at the WTC and missing after the buildings collapsed, I was in shock and overwhelmed. As a mother with two young kids, I did not know how to break the news to them and how to face the uncertain future ahead. Good friends of ours, Joe and Candy Bergantino, suggested that I call The Children's Room, which I did. Our family will never forget the kindness and loving support we received from The Children's Room from those early days of this tragedy, and we will forever be grateful for the continued friendship we have maintained all these years!" Here at The Children's Room, we work every day to help support grieving families, and we know that the death of a parent or sibling remains one of society's least understood and least supported issues. Yet we are inspired daily by stories of courage, and stories of families who turn loss into healing. Teresa Mathai recently helped Boston families record their memories of loved ones when the 9/11 Memorial Museum visited Boston, through a series of audio recording sessions at The Children's Room. One of those who shared his story was Franklin Ross, whose father died on 9/11. Franklin wrote a book of poems to honor his father, and his poetry illustrates how creative expression can transform pain into meaning and beauty. [...]
Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) is presenting a webinar series on helping children and adolescents cope with grief and loss: 1. Bereavement Camps for Kids: Benefits and Challenges – February 1, 1:00-2:30pm ET 2. Bereaved Children & Adolescents: Lessons from Research – April 14, 1:00-2:30pm ET 3. Grieving Children & Adolescents: The Role of Internet Support – June 15, 1:00-2:30pm ET The series will be hosted by nationally-known expert Kenneth Doka, Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA. The webinars will look at lessons learned, emerging trends, and how to use bereavement camps and other strategies to best serve grieving children in their communities. For more information about topics, speakers, fees, and registration, please visit the HFA website page for Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Grief & Loss Webinars. We are also very proud to announce that the Hospice Foundation of America will be featuring artwork from The Children’s Room in their companion book and program for their 2010 National Bereavement Teleconference – Living with Grief: Cancer and End-of-Life Care. To see the program cover, you can visit the HFA Teleconference page. The Hospice Foundation of America provides education and information to help people cope with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief. They offer resources for both professionals and individuals including brochures, books, dvds, webinars, and courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CEF Foundation is hosting a pre-Valentine's Day Dinner and Raffle to benefit Christian's Angels. Christian's Angels is a non-profit organization providing financial assistance to families in need after the death of a child. Funds raised will also benefit the on-going water safety program of the CEF Foundation. Friday, Februrary 13, 2009 6 pm to 11 pm Location: Anthony's of Malden 105 Canal Street, Malden, MA Adults: $35 and children under 12 years: $20 (under 6 years of age, free) The CEF foundation was created after the 2007 drowning death of 4 year old Christian. The CEF Foundation provides life jackets and flotation devices to all children at camps, lakes, beaches and town-run pools across Massachusetts. For more information and to learn more about the family's efforts and advocacy around water safety, visit the CEF website at CEFfoundation.org.
Monday, February 9, 2009 starting at 9 am at the Massachusetts State House. The Annual State House Day sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention takes place at the Massachusetts State House. There will be networking and refreshments from 9am-10am and the program recognizing individuals and organizations that have had impact in suicide prevention begins at 10am in the Great Hall. There has never been a more important time to remind legislative representatives of the importance of supporting suicide prevention. Your attendance will help deliver this important message. For more information on local suicide prevention programs in Massachusetts, visit the Samaritans website. Approximately15% of the children who attend The Children's Room programs have experienced the suicide death of someone in their family.