Members of the 2012 Teen Performance Troupe took to the stage for their last time this year on Friday, June 8th at Belmont Hill School's Kraft Theatre. The Teen Performance Troupe is a unique piece of TCR programming. Each year teens from TCR join together to create their own original show about grief and loss in their lives. Over the years the Troupe has performed for a variety of audiences, including schools, children's centers, doctors, nurses, and the general community. You can read more about the Teen Performance Troupe and our alumni teens by clicking here. If you have questions about our Teen Performance Troupe - or would like them to perform in your community next season - find out more by emailing [email protected]
What inspires someone to run in the Boston Marathon? We had a great evening in January during our Marathon Kickoff Reception, hearing from this year's runners: Courtney & Jill (pictured left), Anne, Deana, and Chris. Friends and supporters came to meet our runners and hear about what inspired them to participate in the Marathon in support of children and families at TCR. Click here to learn more about the marathon runners.
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!
We join communities throughout Massachusetts in honoring the 9/11 Anniversary. Nearly 3,000 children lost a parent who died from the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Ten years after losing her husband, Teresa Mathai shared some of her memories and reflections with us. "Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, when I heard my husband Joseph Mathai was at a conference at Windows on the World at the WTC and missing after the buildings collapsed, I was in shock and overwhelmed. As a mother with two young kids, I did not know how to break the news to them and how to face the uncertain future ahead. Good friends of ours, Joe and Candy Bergantino, suggested that I call The Children's Room, which I did. Our family will never forget the kindness and loving support we received from The Children's Room from those early days of this tragedy, and we will forever be grateful for the continued friendship we have maintained all these years!" Here at The Children's Room, we work every day to help support grieving families, and we know that the death of a parent or sibling remains one of society's least understood and least supported issues. Yet we are inspired daily by stories of courage, and stories of families who turn loss into healing. Teresa Mathai recently helped Boston families record their memories of loved ones when the 9/11 Memorial Museum visited Boston, through a series of audio recording sessions at The Children's Room. One of those who shared his story was Franklin Ross, whose father died on 9/11. Franklin wrote a book of poems to honor his father, and his poetry illustrates how creative expression can transform pain into meaning and beauty. [...]
We had sunshine yesterday for the annual Memories Walk, but more importantly we were surrounded by familes, volunteers, and friends who came to support the mission and programs of The Children's Room. The community support was simply amazing. We would like to thank everyone who walked, donated, and sent words of encouragement. And we would like to give special thanks to our Sol Circle walkers, the Arlington Hockey Club, and Robert's Birthday party. Donations can still be made online at www.firstgiving.com/childrensroom, or by mail.
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!
Dr. Arthur recognized by John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program When Victoria signed up for the Boston Marathon, she created a fundraising challenge for herself -- to raise enough to fund 5 children in the program ($7,500). Well, she doubled her goal! Victoria's Run has crossed the $15,000 mark, and will cover the costs for 10 children in the support program at The Children's Room. But there is more exciting news: Victoria is number 10 on the list of John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program runners! She is being recognized tonight at their Top 10 Fundraiser Appreciation Event. What can we say? Wow! This has been a wonderful and memorable tribute to Victoria's brother, Peter. And it has been a tremendous help to The Children's Room. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this amazing outcome.
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 [email protected] 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!
PBS will be premiering the program, “When Families Grieve,” at 8:00pm on April 14, 2010. The special, featuring Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets, will present real-life families’ personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward. Using the Sesame Street Muppets, the program provides language for adults to use that is child appropriate and useful for the whole family. In our eyes, this is Must See TV! You can see TCR’s own founding board member, Dr. Phyllis R. Silverman on the CBS Sunday Morning News this weekend! Dr. Silverman and Madelyn Kelly co-authored A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding your Family After the Death of a Loved One. Dr. Silverman appears in an interview with Katie Couric in promotion of the April 14th primetime special. To learn more about Dr. Silverman and her work, you can visit her website and blog: Website: www.phyllisrsilverman.com Blog: http://psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-grieving-children