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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

National Alliance for Grieving Children Annual Symposium, Boston, July 14-16, 2011

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 [email protected] 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.

By |June 25th, 2011|Categories: Child Loss, College Students, Community Events, Events, News, Resources, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on National Alliance for Grieving Children Annual Symposium, Boston, July 14-16, 2011

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 [email protected] or call 781-641-4741 ext. 321.

By |April 20th, 2011|Categories: College Students, Community Events, Events, News, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on The Children’s Room 2011 Workshop Series Supporting Emerging Adults Coping With Loss Tuesday, May 10, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

Upcoming Workshop: Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss – April 3

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.

By |March 19th, 2010|Categories: College Students, Community Events, News, Resources, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Upcoming Workshop: Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss – April 3

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

Visit our improved ‘Resources’ 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.

By |July 19th, 2009|Categories: Books, College Students, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources, Teens|1 Comment

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Teen Performance Troupe Season Finale, May 31st

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.

By |May 8th, 2009|Categories: College Students, News|0 Comments

Day 7 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

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.