Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) is presenting a webinar series on helping children and adolescents cope with grief and loss: 1. Bereavement Camps for Kids: Benefits and Challenges – February 1, 1:00-2:30pm ET 2. Bereaved Children & Adolescents: Lessons from Research – April 14, 1:00-2:30pm ET 3. Grieving Children & Adolescents: The Role of Internet Support – June 15, 1:00-2:30pm ET The series will be hosted by nationally-known expert Kenneth Doka, Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA. The webinars will look at lessons learned, emerging trends, and how to use bereavement camps and other strategies to best serve grieving children in their communities. For more information about topics, speakers, fees, and registration, please visit the HFA website page for Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Grief & Loss Webinars. We are also very proud to announce that the Hospice Foundation of America will be featuring artwork from The Children’s Room in their companion book and program for their 2010 National Bereavement Teleconference – Living with Grief: Cancer and End-of-Life Care. To see the program cover, you can visit the HFA Teleconference page. The Hospice Foundation of America provides education and information to help people cope with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief. They offer resources for both professionals and individuals including brochures, books, dvds, webinars, and courses.
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.
We strengthen our community by identifying partners who support our mission to help grieving children, teens and families. AseraCare is one of our newest collaborations that has been a great connection. When we first met Kristen Megerian, Social Services Coordinator from AseraCare Hospice, we knew that it was the start of a great collaboration. Kristen had heard of our program and knew about Phyllis Silverman, one of our founding board members and a thought leader on child bereavement. Kristen was so impressed by our program, that she asked AseraCare to support our programs. To date, AseraCare has donated $2,500. We hope to continue our partnership with trainings as well as bringing our Teen Performance Troupe to their community. The Children's Room accomplishes so much with a small staff because we have great collaboration and teamwork in the community, so if you know of an organization that cares about children, teens and families, please introduce them to us. In particular, please invite them to a Tour and Tell. That's how it all starts! In photo left to right: Children's Room board president Judy Zabin, AseraCare Hospice executive director Sharon Perryman and AseraCare Social Services Coordinator Kristen Megerian. We welcomed them to our Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and were so honored for their kind words and enthusiasm for our program.