There are stars up above So far away we only see their light Long long after the star itself is gone And so it is with the people we loved Their memories keep shining ever brightly Though their time with us is done But the stars that light up the darkest night These are the lights that guide us As we live our days These are the ways we remember – Hanah Senesh […]
You are invited to attend an inspirational exhibit to be held at the Marran Gallery at Lesley University. We encourage everyone to attend the exhibit and the opening reception. The Children's Room is proud to to support Lesley University. Many of our staff and volunteers are alumni, and we are pleased that they are supporting such important work. Our mission is to support grieving children, teens and families. Families that have been the victims of violence need our extra attention and support. We are honored to work with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and promote Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month from November 20 to December 20.
On August 21, 2008 the award-winning documentary Space Between Breaths had its New England Premiere at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. From The Boston Globe: ON THURSDAY, Rosemary Smith's documentary "Space Between Breaths," about the sorrows of parents whose children die early and the process of healing, plays at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Smith came to the project after her two oldest sons, both teenagers at the time, were killed in a car accident in 1992. Massachusetts native Cindy Bullens, who wrote the score for the documentary, will perform live before the movie. That's at 7 p.m. (781-646-4849 and www. regenttheatre.com). See our previous post.
The Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) has just issued three important documents on a very difficult topic. The cornerstone of the statements are that parents have the right to decide how much time, if any they may spend with their baby after he or she dies. They also have the right to decide whether or not they want to hold the child, regardless of the circumstances. The parents have the right to choose, regardless of the gestational age, too. PLIDA stresses the importance of having an empathetic and caring environment. It is an important time for families to receive support. […]
For families from the Greater Newburyport area who have experienced the death of a child of any age, the Compassionate Friends is a great resource for adult support groups, local memorials, and links to other website, including the national website for The Compassionate Friends. This site has even added a guest book and memory pages for families and friends to remember the children in their lives. Visit their site. Other local chapters with websites include the North Shore, the chapter in Webster, MA which borders CT. All chapters have annual memorial services, especially on the second Sunday in December when the chapters take part in the Worldwide Candle Lighting. This year's will be on Sunday, December 14, 2008.
The documentary SPACE BETWEEN BREATHS examines the questions: Who we are? What really matters? Is it possible to find true happiness after a great loss? The answers to some of life’s most important questions are explored in SPACE BETWEEN BREATHS, a powerful, uplifting film, which looks at the potential in grief and to the ways it can become a motivational, transformational force in our lives. Featuring conversations with parents who have lost a child, including those whose loved ones died at Columbine, on September 11th, and a mother whose son was one of he first U.S. soldiers to died in Iraq, SPACE BETWEEN BREATHS, offers an inspired and healing perspective on loss which will transform the way you live and love. […]
The Compassionate Friends is an international organization that supports families after the death of a child at any age. There are numerous chapters around the country and several in Massachusetts. Read their local Newsletter.