Our parent alumni group, who have been through our program, will be hosting a series of informal discussion evenings. We hope these Wednesday evening discussion groups will be especially supportive for parents and guardians of families on our waitlist. Please RSVP to email@example.com to help us best prepare for these meetings. Light refreshments will be served. We apologize that we are not able to offer childcare at this time. Come join us on: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12. We will be meeting at the house in Arlington from 7:00-8:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of our drop-in discussions!
An evening of light and remembrance was celebrated December 9th, at our Community Candle Lighting. We worked together to create a special wreath, as everyone decorated ribbons with messages, memories and wishes and tied them to a circle of evergreens. Our Circle of Light ceremony started as we lit five tall candles representing grief, courage, memories, love, and hope. Children and adults took turns lighting individual candles, each honoring the life of a person who has died but who is remembered in this season of light, for "the light your loved one brought to your life." Thank you to all who joined with us this holiday season for our Circle of Light ceremony. Wishing everyone a hopeful and peaceful New Year!
For parents and other adults who have lost a close loved one – family or friend, there are so many discussions, issues, and concerns that arise. There are topics that are difficult to discuss with people who have not experienced something similar. The Children’s Room Parents Council, a group of program alumni who are dedicated to our mission and to the support of peers, is offering a Sunday Night Discussion Series to create a forum for these conversations. These discussions are open to the public, and there is no fee to attend. We just ask that you RSVP. All discussion groups will meet from 6:30-8:00 at our house in Arlington. The next 2 topics in the series are: Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: November 8th Holding on to traditions or letting go? How about creating “new” traditions? Come hear how others have found ways to get through some of the most difficult days and situations. Dating and/or Remarriage After the Loss of a Spouse: January 10th Listen to and discuss with others the complex issues around this decision -- from finding the time to date, to bringing the children into the new relationship, to merging households. Upcoming Discussions: Helping Your Teenagers Through the Loss of a Loved One: March 7 Your Changing Relationship to Your In-Laws After the Loss of Your Spouse: May 2 Please visit our calendar for a complete schedule. For more information or to RSVP for a Discussion, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who showed their support of The Children’s Room at Arlington Town Day last weekend with their kind words, interest in our programs, Build-a-Bear raffle ticket purchases, and other donations. We could not do what we do without ongoing kindness and contributions from our friends in Arlington. We want to recognize and give heartfelt thanks to a very special member of our community, Harry Allen at Arlmont Fuel. He and his team sold popcorn to benefit The Children’s Room at Town Day, and have donated all of the heating fuel for our house since 2006. Harry’s generosity has made our house warm and comforting for children and families whenever they come through our door. We can never thank him enough!
We, The Children’s Room friends and families, will honor the Moment of Silence at 8:46am on September 11, 2009 to remember those lost, and to celebrate their lives and the lives of their families who continue the journey of hope and healing. We share and embrace the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund’s themes of service, remembrance, and volunteerism, and are deeply grateful to have had our Annual Memories Walk selected as one of this year’s local “United We Serve” volunteer projects. Anyone who would like to donate to the Mass 9/11 Fund can find their Memories Walk team at Firstgiving.com/childrensroom.
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.