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!
The NAGC's 15th annual symposium took place in Boston this year! This symposium brought together professionals in the child bereavement field to share their best practices concerning programming, research, measurement, fundraising and other topics. This colorful photograph shows artwork created by attendees from our NAGC workshop, "Winter Always Turns to Spring." Over 300 representatives from child bereavement programs across the country came together in June to share and learn about the important issues facing the many grieving families we serve. Staff from The Children's Room presenting at the symposium included Laurie Moskowitz-Corrois, Deborah Rivlin, and Colleen Shannon. They are pictured here with Phyllis Silverman (board member and internationally known author and bereavement researcher) as well as our Executive Director, Donna Smith Sharff. Our workshops were well attended and widely appreciated! We shared an expressive arts activity we had used this spring in our groups as we explored different feelings. The discussion that unfolds is around growth (the petals), support (the stem), comfort (the leaves), and a child or teen being at the center of their own life, with the person who died always being a part of them. As Laurie Moskowitz-Corrois explains, the metaphor "winter always turns into spring" can become a rich dialogue using the understanding of the seasons to deepen our awareness of the cycles of life and death and personal meaning making." Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to find out more about our workshop materials. For a detailed description of the expressive arts intervention on Spring Flowers, please click here.
The Children’s Room 2011 Workshop Series Supporting Emerging Adults Coping With Loss Tuesday, May 10, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
It has been estimated that around 25 percent of traditionally aged college students have experienced the death of a family member or friend within the last year. This workshop will explore the intersection of typical young adult developmental issues and the experience of bereavement. Registration Information: $100.00 per workshop or $90.00 for early registration. Workshops take place at The Children's Room from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Continuing education credits available for social workers, counselors, and teachers. Presented by Deborah Rivlin, MA, Director of Education & Training at TCR and adjunct professor at Mount Ida College. Deborah has worked in the field of bereavement for 35 years. She has previously worked with The Good Grief program at Boston Medical Center, and created and developed the CIRCLE, a bereavement support program for families, including many families who lost a loved one on 9/11/2001. Click here to visit our Workshop Series page to view our summer workshop descriptions and dates and download and access the registration form. For more information about workshops, trainings or consultations contact Deborah@childrensroom.org or call 781-641-4741 ext. 321.
It has been estimated that 22 – 30% of college students have experienced the death of a family member or friend within the last year. This workshop, intended for college and university counseling center staff and other providers working with young adult populations, will explore the intersection of typical developmental issues and the experience of bereavement. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 3 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.
We are pleased to announce that our Resources page has been updated to include much more information designed to help you better understand and support grieving children, teens, and families. Whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or friend, we hope you'll find the information here useful.
The performance will be held at The Belmont Hill School, Kraft Theater, 350 Prospect Street, Belmont at 5:30 pm. The Performance Troupe is a group of teens who have written an original show about grief in the lives of today's teens. Each of the performers has experienced the death of a family member, and they have worked to incorporate their personal stories into a powerful and innovative performance. *Performance Troupe shows are most appropriate for children ages 12 and up* For more information contact us by email or call us at 781-641-4741.
Today's task: share information about the National Conference on College Student Grief on August 14-15 and Boot Camp 2 Beat Cancer on August 15. Both events are sponsored by National Students of AMF and will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Remember to wear black and red! View events from the entire week.