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A String of Memories

“This was my great grandmother’s memory string,” Laura told Whiskers in a loud voice. “Then it was my grandmother’s, then my mother’s, and now it’s mine.” The Memory String by Eve Bunting is a book about a girl named Laura who tells her cat what each button stands for on her precious memory string. Since her mom died three years before, the buttons and memories mean a lot to Laura. The buttons all have special meaning, like the button from Laura’s birthday dress, or the khaki button from her dad’s uniform when he went to war, or the white button from her mother’s nightgown. Making a memory string is a way to remember family history, and that’s just what kids at The Children’s Room can do when they make one of their own.  Listening to the book being read aloud to them is just one way to get ideas for how to make a memory string. Children in our groups can also choose from a large donation of beads that have been collected for the launch of this special project, where kids can paint wooden beads or make beads out of clay, then add them to beads or buttons from home.

Christian’s Angels Fundraiser helps families after the death of a child

The CEF Foundation is hosting a pre-Valentine's Day Dinner and Raffle to benefit Christian's Angels. Christian's Angels is a non-profit organization providing financial assistance to families in need after the death of a child.  Funds raised will also benefit the on-going water safety program of the CEF Foundation. Friday, Februrary 13, 2009 6 pm to 11 pm Location: Anthony's of Malden 105 Canal Street, Malden, MA Adults: $35 and children under 12 years: $20 (under 6 years of age, free) The CEF foundation was created after the 2007 drowning death of 4 year old Christian. The CEF Foundation provides life jackets and flotation devices to all children at camps, lakes, beaches and town-run pools across Massachusetts. For more information and to learn more about the family's efforts and advocacy around water safety, visit the CEF website at CEFfoundation.org.

Children’s Room Consults with AFD Theatre on Their Production of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play: Rabbit Hole

When Arlington Friends of the Drama Theatre Director Kevin Mark Kline wanted to find someone to talk with the Rabbit Hole cast about how families deal with grief, Production Manager Ginger Webb began to make inquiries.  Ginger soon found that all inquiries led her to The Children's Room. Rabbit Hole is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a family faced with the tragic death of their young child.  When Ginger called The Children's Room, Program Director Donna Sharff saw her inquiry as a unique opportunity to fufill part of the organization's mission: to educate the community about grief and loss.  Donna and Program Volunteer Johanneke deVries spent an hour and a half talking with the cast and answering their thoughtful questions about grief and grieving families.  This play mixes humor and deep poignancy to authentically portray the complex issues and challenges that grieving families face and, ultimately highlights the resiliency of the human spirit.  We have had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal and highly recommend AFD Theatre's production of this prize winning play which opens Friday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit the AFD Theatre website.

By |February 7th, 2009|Categories: Art, Child Loss, Events, Family Stories, News|0 Comments

Parenting Through Grief Workshop: Helping your Teenager Through the Loss of a Loved One

The Children’s Room sponsors a series of parent to parent workshops so our “alumni” parents can share with others their insight and experience of what it is like to be a grieving parent and a grieving adult who wants to go on living fully. Please join us at our upcoming workshop. Admission is free, and we ask those who can afford it, to make a donation. RSVPs are requested as space is limited.  Email or call us (781 641 4741) with your reservation. All workshops take place at 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.  On street parking is available on Mass. Ave and Appleton St. (building entrance is on Appleton). Helping Your Teenager Through the Loss of a Loved One - Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Is it grieving or is it teen angst? How can you tell and how can you help? This group of parents will talk about staying connected during those critical teen years.

By |January 5th, 2009|Categories: College Students, Events, Family Stories, Resources, Teens|0 Comments

Join us for the Facing Peace Exhibit Opening Friday, November 14th at Lesley University

You are invited to attend an inspirational exhibit to be held at the Marran Gallery at Lesley University.  We encourage everyone to attend the exhibit and the opening reception. The Children's Room is proud to to support Lesley University.  Many of our staff and volunteers are alumni, and we are pleased that they are supporting such important work. Our mission is to support grieving children, teens and families.  Families that have been the victims of violence need our extra attention and support.  We are honored to work with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and promote Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month from November 20 to December 20.

By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: Art, Child Loss, College Students, Family Stories, Homicide, News|0 Comments

One Family’s Story from our Memories Walk

Our Communications Director Anne Favaloro shares her family’s personal story with the Medford Boat Club to express her gratitude for their sponsorship, which made our event so meaningful for them.  We have reproduced it here with her permission. […]

By |October 18th, 2008|Categories: Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Training, Volunteers|0 Comments