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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

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

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

Memories Walk Shines in the Sun

Thank you to the 350+ walkers who joined us, and to the many others who supported us from a distance!  Our Memories Walk and 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 4th was such a meaningful and successful day.  We enjoyed family, friends, inspiring words, sun (!) -- and even a rainbow to bring the day to a wonderful conclusion.   There is still plenty of time to donate. The online teams and fundraising pages on Firstgiving at www.Firstgiving.com/childrensroom will remain up through the New Year. Since this is our 10th Anniversary, we hope people will keep on donating to teams and friends right through the end of the year -- and spread the word that you can still create a new fundraising page and help the children in our program.   Thank you so much for the outpouring of support. We are deeply grateful!! Check back soon for more reflections on the day and to see pictures.

By |November 15th, 2009|Categories: College Students, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Newsletter, Resources, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Memories Walk Shines in the Sun

Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: Sunday Night Discussion – November 8

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 info@childrensroom.org.

By |November 4th, 2009|Categories: Advocacy, Child Loss, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources, Rituals, Teens|Comments Off on Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One: Sunday Night Discussion – November 8

9/11 Anniversary: Moment of Silence, Day of Service, and Unbounded Gratitude

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.

By |September 10th, 2009|Categories: Community Events, Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Rituals|0 Comments

Visit our improved ‘Resources’ page!

We are pleased to announce that our Resources page has been updated to include much more information designed to help you better understand and support grieving children, teens, and families.  Whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or friend, we hope you'll find the information here useful.

By |July 19th, 2009|Categories: Books, College Students, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources, Teens|1 Comment

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For Adults, When Your Parent Dies

Slate writer and poet Meghan O'Rourke has an impressive seven part series that chronicles her experiences after her mother's death from cancer in December.  As a writer, she brings those skills of language as well as research to an emotional topic. Quoting everyone from Hamlet and C.S. Lewis to our own Franz Wright (Pulitzer Prize winner and Honorary Board Member of The Children's Room) and academic texts on grieving, O'Rourke weaves her own personal observations on her grief as an adult child when her mother dies at the young age of 55. A must read for people grappling with grief.  Read the full article on Slate's website.

Live Love Laugh – Cameron G. O’Connor Foundation Fundraiser

3rd Annual Fundraiser to benefit: The Cameron G. O’Connor Foundation …. rippling effects …. Presents an Evening to ~ LIVE ~LOVE~LAUGH~ Saturday, March 28, 2009 7:30pm – Midnight Sons of Italy, 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington, MA  02474 Tickets:   $20.00 “The mission of the Cameron G. O’Connor Foundation is to sponsor programs that support the educational needs, athletic pursuits and emotional growth of the youth of our community.” For more information visit the foundation's website or email  cgofoundation@comcast.net.

By |February 20th, 2009|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events|0 Comments