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Day 6 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's task: watch the Brick Awards video describing the founding and mission of National Students of AMF. Invite 10 or more friends to watch this video.  Remember to wear black and red! Preview upcoming schedule of events.

Day 5 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's task: Find a way to honor the loved one(s) you have lost.  This can include anything from setting aside a few minutes to think about them to doing a special activity.  Remember to wear black and red! Preview upcoming schedule of events.

Day 4 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's task: spread information about National Students of AMF to college students.  Email, call or send a letter saying "National Students of AMF is a support network for college students who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one.  Unfortunately, this is a really big population on college campuses and, as you can imagine, something that is very difficult to deal with.  Their website is http://studentsofamf.org.  The organization means a lot to me and I wanted to share it with you, so that you can also share it with others too."  Remember to wear black and red! Preview upcoming schedule of events.

Day 3 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's Task: Reach out to a family member or friend dealing with the illness or loss of a loved one.  Send an email, call or write a letter letting them know you are there to support them.  Remember to wear black and red! Preview upcoming schedule of events.

Day 2 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's task: Distribute flyers about coping with illness and loss during the college years.  Remember to wear black and red! Preview upcoming schedule of events.

Day 1 National College Student Grief Awareness Week

Today's Task: send the Today Show video on the founding of National Students of AMF to family and friends.  Remember to wear black and red! Preview the upcoming schedule of events.

Simmons Alumni and Professional Development Day Features The Children’s Room

On Friday, April 17th, the alumni of the Simmons College School of Social Work will be treated to several presentations from reprentatives from The Children's Room as part of the college's alumni programming. The Keynote Speaker for the event is one of the founding board members of The Children's Room Phyllis Silverman who will present on the topic of How Our Views Have Changed. Phyllis continues to research current issues on child bereavement and leads the research committee at The Children's Room.  The committee is comprised of professionals from Tufts University, Wheelock College, Harvard University and other programs. Program Director Donna Sharff and Program Manager Colleen Shannon will present an interactive and inspiring workshop session on The Heart of Grief: Facilitating Creative Arts Expression in Grieving Children and Teenagers. The day long conference concludes with a performance by The Children's Room Teen Performance Troupe. For more information on the conference, visit the Simmons website.

Second Annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week April 19-25

The Children's Room wants to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of coping with illness or death as a college student.  We invite everyone to participate in the National College Student Grief Awareness Week, hosted by the National Students of AMF.  Here is a preview of the week's events: Everyday: wear black and red, the official colors of the mission. Day 1: Send the Today Show clip on the founding of National Students of AMF to family and friends Day 2: Distribute flyers about grief among college students to family and friends Day 3: Reach out to a family member or friend coping with the illness or death of a loved one Day 4: Share information about National Students of AMF with students at colleges Day 5: Find a way to honor the loved one you lost Day 6: Watch the video on the founding and mission of National Students of AMF.  Share the video with 10 or more people. Day 7: Spread information on the upcoming National Conference on College Student Grief and Boot Camp 2 Beat Cancer.  Both events are sponsored by National Students of AMF. For more information on the the National College Student Grief Awareness Week visit the National Students of AMF website

Helping a Teen After a Friend’s Death

A heartfelt article by Michelle Deville deals with how she as a parent is trying to help her daughter after the sudden death of her daughter's teenage friend. Michelle writes how this mirror her own experience in high school when her friend died in a car accident.  Michelle offers solid advice such as Don’t ever invalidate the teenager! They do not want to hear things like “you will feel better tomorrow” or “you have been grieving for a week, time to move on”.  Kids need to feel safe and secure to grieve in whatever way feels right to them. This is especially true when teens have a strong reaction to the death of someone they may not have been close to.  Adults may be confused as to why they were so deeply affected by someone they didn't know.  Read Michelle's full post.

By |April 4th, 2009|Categories: Child Loss, College Students, Resources, Teens|0 Comments

A String of Memories

“This was my great grandmother’s memory string,” Laura told Whiskers in a loud voice. “Then it was my grandmother’s, then my mother’s, and now it’s mine.” The Memory String by Eve Bunting is a book about a girl named Laura who tells her cat what each button stands for on her precious memory string. Since her mom died three years before, the buttons and memories mean a lot to Laura. The buttons all have special meaning, like the button from Laura’s birthday dress, or the khaki button from her dad’s uniform when he went to war, or the white button from her mother’s nightgown. Making a memory string is a way to remember family history, and that’s just what kids at The Children’s Room can do when they make one of their own.  Listening to the book being read aloud to them is just one way to get ideas for how to make a memory string. Children in our groups can also choose from a large donation of beads that have been collected for the launch of this special project, where kids can paint wooden beads or make beads out of clay, then add them to beads or buttons from home.