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Community Support for Memories Walk Amazing

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.

By |October 4th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Resources, Rituals, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Community Support for Memories Walk Amazing

Writing as a Transformative Process

Some Children's Room participants have found writing to be a transformative experience in their healing journey.  A local writer and teacher is offering an 8 week session: Writing our Way Through.... on Friday morning from 9:15 - 11:15 in Arlington Center. For more information contact Pamela Powell. Call 781-646-6708 or email: mermaidpam@yahoo.com

By |September 12th, 2010|Categories: Art, Community Events, News, Resources|Comments Off on Writing as a Transformative Process

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

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

Finding the Right Summer Camp

There are several summer camp programs in Massachusetts and beyond that have been developed for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  These programs include: Camp Date(s) Ages Location Camp Angel Wings July 24 & 25 Ages 5-17 Mattapoisett Camp Stepping Stones July 10 & 11   Beverly Farms Cranberry Hospice July 13 – August 10 Children & tweens Plymouth The Manitou Experience August 22-27 Boys grades 5-8 Oakland, ME The Circle of Tapawingo August 23-28 Girls grades 3-7 Sweden, ME Camp Sunshine May 27-31 3 months-18 years Casco Bay, ME Camp Erin June 25-27 Ages 6-17 Camp Welch Comfort Zone Camp July 15-18 Ages 7-18 Mechanicsville, VA Heroic Journey June 25 – August 8 Ages 14-18, 19-24 Denver, CO You will find information on this selection of camps on our Summer Programs page.

By |April 23rd, 2010|Categories: News, Resources|Comments Off on Finding the Right Summer Camp

Drop-In Discussion Group – May 12

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 kim@childrensroom.org 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!

By |April 12th, 2010|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Family Stories, News, Parents Council, Resources|Comments Off on Drop-In Discussion Group – May 12

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

Summer Camp Open House Hosted by TCR Sunday – March 28

Looking for a summer camp with a program that is fun and rewarding while addressing your child’s grief from a significant death in their life?  Two very special one-week overnight camp programs in Maine will be present at an open house at 5:00pm this Sunday at The Children’s Room. Pizza and refreshments will be served.  The Manitou Experience is for boys entering grades 5-8 who have experienced a significant death-loss. Camp is scheduled for August 22-27 this year. The Circle of Tapawingo program is for girls entering grades 3-7 who have lost a parent. Camp is scheduled for August 23-28 this year. All are welcome at the open house, but please RSVP to Jenny Kaplan-Schreiber at jenny@manitouexperience.org  so that materials and refreshments can be prepared appropriately.

By |March 24th, 2010|Categories: News, Resources|Comments Off on Summer Camp Open House Hosted by TCR Sunday – March 28

Upcoming Workshop: Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss – April 3

It has been estimated that 22 – 30% of college students have experienced the death of a family member or friend within the last year. This workshop, intended for college and university counseling center staff and other providers working with young adult populations, will explore the intersection of typical developmental issues and the experience of bereavement. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 3 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 |March 19th, 2010|Categories: College Students, Community Events, News, Resources, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Upcoming Workshop: Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss – April 3

Spring-Summer Workshop Series Registration Open

We offer a series of workshops that provide practical information and strategies to address challenging topics related to death, divorce, illness, or any crisis of loss.  These workshops are open to the community, and continuing education credits are available for participants. Workshops run from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at our house in Arlington. Our Spring-Summer Workshop Series runs from March-July. Each workshop is offered two times: Teens in Transition: Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescents March 6, 2010 | May 22, 2010 If We Lost Uncle David, Why Can’t We Go Find Him? Strategies for Talking with Young Children about Death, Dying and Loss March 13, 2010 | July 19, 2010 Fostering Resiliency in Children Coping with Death, Illness and Other Losses March 20, 2010 | July 20, 2010 Supporting Young Adults Coping with Loss April 3, 2010 | July 21, 2010 For workshop descriptions, fees, and registration information, please visit our Spring-Summer Workshop Series page.

By |March 10th, 2010|Categories: Community Events, Events, News, Resources, Training, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Spring-Summer Workshop Series Registration Open