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Upcoming Workshop: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents – May 22

For most, adolescence is a period of life defined by growth and new beginnings. Yet for many teens it can be a time marred by grief and turmoil. This workshop will explore how teens make sense of and negotiate between these two competing worlds.  Social workers, counselors, teachers, parents, and any adult working with teens will learn tools and strategies to work with and support teens through all kinds of loss. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 22 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 |May 10th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Resources, Teens, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Upcoming Workshop: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents – May 22

Your Changing Relationship with Your In-Laws – Sunday Night Discussion, May 2

How has your relationship with your in-laws changed after your spouse’s death?   Was it a good relationship before the death?  Have they continued to make you feel that you are and will continue to be a part of their family?  Or perhaps it is too painful for them to remain in close contact.  You and/or your children are a constant reminder of their beloved.   You need to feel close to those who loved your spouse too.  After all, they knew your spouse longer than you did, and have more stories to share with your children. Our Parent Alumni Group is hosting a discussion group around this topic on Sunday, May 2, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Alumni parents, current parents, and waitlist parents are all welcome, as well as anyone interested in joining the discussion. To attend, please RSVP by emailing info@childrensroom.org. The group meets at The Children’s Room, 1210 Mass Ave, Arlington.

By |April 24th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council, Resources|Comments Off on Your Changing Relationship with Your In-Laws – Sunday Night Discussion, May 2

Drop-In Discussion Group – May 12

Our parent alumni group is hosting a monthly series of informal discussions on Wednesday evenings. The discussions are open to any parent or guardian of a family who has experienced the loss of a spouse or a child. We hope these discussion groups will be especially supportive for the adults in families on our waitlist. Topics may include anything from how to answer your children's questions, to how to ask for help from family and friends.  Not only will you find sensitivity and kindness from this group, but you will also be meeting other parents who are struggling with the adjustment to the new reality of life without your loved ones. We meet at the house in Arlington from 7:00-8:30 pm. Please RSVP to kim@childrensroom.org to help us best prepare for the meeting. Light refreshments will be served. We apologize that we are not able to offer childcare at this time. We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of our drop-in discussions!

By |April 12th, 2010|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources|Comments Off on Drop-In Discussion Group – May 12

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

Spring-Summer Workshop Series Registration Open

We offer a series of workshops that provide practical information and strategies to address challenging topics related to death, divorce, illness, or any crisis of loss.  These workshops are open to the community, and continuing education credits are available for participants. Workshops run from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at our house in Arlington. Our Spring-Summer Workshop Series runs from March-July. Each workshop is offered two times: Teens in Transition: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents March 6, 2010 | May 22, 2010 If We Lost Uncle David, Why Can’t We Go Find Him? Strategies for Talking with Young Children about Death, Dying and Loss March 13, 2010 | July 19, 2010 Fostering Resiliency in Children Coping with Death, Illness and Other Losses March 20, 2010 | July 20, 2010 Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss April 3, 2010 | July 21, 2010 For workshop descriptions, fees, and registration information, please visit our Spring-Summer Workshop Series page.

By |March 10th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Resources, Training, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Spring-Summer Workshop Series Registration Open

Victoria’s Run – A Marathon to Support The Children’s Room

Dr. Victoria Arthur is running the Boston Marathon this year, not because she is devoted to running (she’s just beginning to train in earnest) or because she loves marathons (this is her first!). Victoria is running in memory of her brother Pete, and to give back to The Children’s Room, where her sister-in-law, Jen and her nephew, Jeffrey found solace and support after Pete’s death. In her practice at Lexington Pediatrics, Victoria has often recommended TCR to families after the death of a parent or child. Now she is inspired to raise money to support The Children’s Room. She is motivated to help TCR continue to provide children and their families with a caring, safe environment and the resources to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one. The Children’s Room welcomes all families, regardless of their ability to pay. Read more about Victoria’s story and how you can support her inspiring run. Track Victoria's progress on Marathon day using number 27425 on the BAA website.

By |March 10th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Volunteers|Comments Off on Victoria’s Run – A Marathon to Support The Children’s Room

Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

Our Parent Alumni Group is hosting a discussion group on Sunday, March 7, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please join us for an evening of conversation around the topic of helping your teenager through their loss. Alumni parents, current parents, and waitlist parents are all welcome, as well as anyone interested in joining the discussion around this topic. RSVP by emailing info@childrensroom.org.  The group meets at The Children's Room, 1210 Mass Ave, Arlington.

By |March 6th, 2010|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council, Resources, Teens|Comments Off on Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

Teen Performance Troupe Premiere

The Teen Performance Troupe has written an original show about grief in the lives of teens. Each of the performers is a teen who has experienced the death of a family member, and they have worked to incorporate their personal stories into an innovative performance.  The Children's Room Teen Performance Troupe looks forward to sharing their opening show with a supportive and caring audience: Sunday, February 7th at 7:00 pm Arlington Center for the Arts 41 Foster Street in Arlington For directions, visit the ACA website: http://www.acarts.org/directions.php

By |January 26th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Teens|Comments Off on Teen Performance Troupe Premiere

Arlington Workshop: Writing Our Way Through the Dark

Pamela Powell will lead an ongoing writing workshop  "Writing our way through the Dark." An opportunity to express one’s inner thoughts and feelings about loss - to write, to grieve on paper, to read aloud, or not; this group is for anyone at any stage of grieving a loved one, or wanting to write about that person in all their complexity. Pamela has been leading writing workshops and teaching writing for over 18 years on both coasts. She is the author of The Turtle Watchers (Viking ‘92), numerous articles, short stories, and poetry. A number of personal losses this year led her to offer this workshop. When: Wednesdays 10 - 12 Cost: $120 for each 6 week session. Next session begins Feb. 5, 2010 (doesn't meet Feb. 17) Where: Mourning Dove Studio, Arlington Center To register: Call 781.290.7356 or email: Ruth@mourningdovestudio.com

By |January 19th, 2010|Categories: Art, Community Events|Comments Off on Arlington Workshop: Writing Our Way Through the Dark