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Relationship Changes with Your In-Laws After the Loss of Your Spouse Parent Discussion, Sunday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Your relationship with your in-laws may change after the death of your spouse. Perhaps it’s a friendship that will stand on its own, or maybe it wasn’t a positive relationship before the loss. Your in-laws are your children’s family, and you will most likely feel it is your responsibility to keep your children connected to them. Sometimes that connection can be difficult. There may be feelings of guilt, or they may judge how you and your children are living your lives after the death. This discussion will explore expectations around family traditions, including holidays, vacations, and visits. Change is inevitable and difficult. Sometimes what feels best for you, may not be the best thing for your children. Come share your personal experiences, good and bad, and the ways your relationship is changing with your in-laws. The Parent Alumni Group (PAG) is an active group of “alumni” adults, who have been through our family-based support programs, and have remained connected to the mission of The Children’s Room. They meet regularly to support and give back to newly bereaved families in a variety of ways, including hosting regular discussion groups on topics experienced by grieving children and families. Visit the Parent Alumni Group page to see future discussion topics and dates. This discussion is open to the community, but space is limited. Please email inquiries and RSVPs to jen@childrensroom.org. Discussions take place at TCR ~ 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington ~ 781-641-4741

By |March 2nd, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council|Comments Off on Relationship Changes with Your In-Laws After the Loss of Your Spouse Parent Discussion, Sunday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The Children’s Room 2011 Workshop Series Creating a Crisis Plan, Tuesday, March 15

Creating a Crisis Plan: Helping Your Community Respond to Loss by Creating a Crisis Team and Plan of Action This training will provide participants with developmentally appropriate tools and strategies for helping children and adolescents cope with death, dying and loss. Working interactively, we will discuss how to create a ‘crisis’ or ‘caring’ team and a crisis protocol or plan of action. Being prepared with a plan of action before a crisis occurs, will help those involved to feel empowered instead of overwhelmed. Participants will learn how to create a physically and emotionally safe environment in which students and faculty can understand, grieve, commemorate, and go on when a school faces a crisis involving loss. 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 over 30 years.  She has previously worked with The Good Grief program at Boston Medical Center, and developed the CIRCLE, a bereavement support program for families who lost a loved one on 9/11/2001. Click here to visit our Workshop Series page to view other 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.

By |February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Events, News, Training, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on The Children’s Room 2011 Workshop Series Creating a Crisis Plan, Tuesday, March 15

Dating After the Loss of Your Partner Parent Discussion, Sunday, February 6, 6:00-7:30 pm

Are you beginning to think about dating again after the loss of your spouse or partner? It can be challenging to talk with your children about a new relationship. Perhaps you’re asking yourself: How do I get started? Is internet dating safe? Should I introduce my date to my children? There are so many difficult questions and so few easy answers. Talking with other parents will help you navigate tricky issues such as carving out some adult time as a single parent, and facing what may be a difficult emotional process for you and your children. Come and share with other parents as you begin to think about this new chapter in your life. The Parent Alumni Group (PAG) is an active group of “alumni” adults, who have been through our family-based support programs, and have remained connected to the mission of The Children’s Room. They meet regularly to support and give back to newly bereaved families in a variety of ways, including hosting regular discussion groups on topics experienced by grieving children and families. Visit the Parent Alumni Group page to see future discussion topics and dates. This discussion is open to the community, but space is limited. Please email inquiries and RSVPs to jen@childrensroom.org. Discussions take place at TCR ~ 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington ~ 781-641-4741

By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council|Comments Off on Dating After the Loss of Your Partner Parent Discussion, Sunday, February 6, 6:00-7:30 pm

Congratulations to our 2011 marathon runners!!

We are so pleased to announce that Martin Conneely and Maritza Ebling will be running the Boston Marathon in April in support of The Children's Room. Our two marathon bibs are provided through the generosity of the John Hancock Foundation. John Hancock has sponsored the Boston Marathon for 25 years, and each year provides entry bibs for runners who are raising money and hope for community nonprofits. Martin Conneely, an Arlington resident, has been a generous supporter of The Children's Room for years. Surviving cancer inspired Martin to reach out to others in need, and he has organized many charity events, including two very successful golf tournaments. This is not the first marathon that Martin has run for TCR, and we are honored that he is once again dedicating his energy and passion to benefit our children and families. Maritza Ebling, a junior at Wesleyan University, grew up in Newton. Maritza's youngest cousin, Sophia, died in her sleep from an unknown cause in 2004. Sophia's parents and sister attended TCR, and Maritza was inspired by the "powerful, healing presence" that TCR had in the lives of her family. She hopes to ensure that other grieving families can be helped in the same way. Please join us for our Boston Marathon Kickoff Reception on Wednesday, January 19th, from 7:30 to 9:00, at our house in Arlington. Our special guest, Dr. Victoria Arthur, will be sharing her experience of running the 2010 Boston Marathon (her first marathon!) in support of TCR and in memory of her brother, Peter. Come meet Maritza, Martin and Victoria, and enjoy appetizers, wine and a great evening with friends. Please RSVP to kate@childrensroom.org. Visit our Marathon Team 2011 page for more information [...]

By |February 1st, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Events, News|Comments Off on Congratulations to our 2011 marathon runners!!

Community Parent Evening: Helping our Children Cope With Loss – Monday, January 31st, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Helping Our Children & Teens Cope with Stressful Life Events This presentation and interactive discussion will give parents, educators, and other concerned adults practical information about how children and teens understand and cope with loss. Participants will learn developmentally appropriate strategies and language to help children understand significant losses such as death, divorce, and illness. Caring adults can make a significant difference, by validating and respecting children’s feelings, and helping them develop coping skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Presented by Deborah Rivlin, Director of Education and Training. At The Children's Room (third floor). Please RSVP to Kate@childrensroom.org. 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington    For more information: 781-641-4741 ext. 224 $10.00 per person at the door. Parking is available on Appleton Street and Mass Ave. Visit our Contact Us page for directions. Click here to download a flyer for your school or community.

By |January 13th, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Events, News|Comments Off on Community Parent Evening: Helping our Children Cope With Loss – Monday, January 31st, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The Vivs Holiday Concert Supporting TCR – Dec 18

Looking for a night out that has great music and supports a great cause (The Children's Room!)?  Then we have the event for you: Holiday Benefit and Bash with The Vivs.  The performance takes place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington at 7:00pm on December 18th.  For more information about the band, event, and tickets, you can visit The Vivs page on the Regent Theatre website.

By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: Art, Community Events, Events, News|Comments Off on The Vivs Holiday Concert Supporting TCR – Dec 18

Team Up Success – Looks Like an Annual Event!

The Team Up soccer tournament was successful in every way – so successful that we are already looking at our calendar to schedule it again for next year!  We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly, with special recognition to Justine Bloch who chaired the event committee.  And we would also like to thank Belmont Hill for generously providing their beautiful field space. It was wonderful to watch the more than 80 women who came to play soccer – but Team Up was much more than a tournament. We were thrilled that Boston Breaker, Jordan Angell stopped by to sign autographs and talk to the kids, and Heart-E-Ha Ha (Shari Rose) was there to work her face painting magic. The day was filled with good sport, great auction items, generous volunteers and fun games for kids. The event was truly a testament to the spirit and power of our community!

By |June 29th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Volunteers|Comments Off on Team Up Success – Looks Like an Annual Event!

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

Circle of Hope fundraising breakfast – May 5

Our annual Circle of Hope one-hour inspirational fundraising breakfast will take place on May 5th from 8:30-9:30 at the Newton Marriott. Basic Driving Directions are available, or you can map out a Door-to-Door Route.For more information about the breakfast or to RSVP contact us at info@childrensroom.org.

By |April 25th, 2010|Categories: Events, News|Comments Off on Circle of Hope fundraising breakfast – May 5

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