Our Parent Alumni Group is hosting a discussion group on Sunday, March 7, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please join us for an evening of conversation around the topic of helping your teenager through their loss. Alumni parents, current parents, and waitlist parents are all welcome, as well as anyone interested in joining the discussion around this topic. RSVP by emailing [email protected] The group meets at The Children's Room, 1210 Mass Ave, Arlington.
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.
Our parent alumni group, who have been through our program, will be hosting a series of informal discussion evenings. We hope these Wednesday evening discussion groups will be especially supportive for parents and guardians of families on our waitlist. Please RSVP to [email protected] to help us best prepare for these meetings. Light refreshments will be served. We apologize that we are not able to offer childcare at this time. Come join us on: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12. We will be meeting at the house in Arlington from 7:00-8:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of our drop-in discussions!
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 [email protected]
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.
In her most recent blog post for Psychology Today, our own Phyllis Silverman reflects on her recent personal experiences. She examines her own strong, emotional reaction to our amazing Teen Performance Troupe in the context of being a professional in the field of bereavement. Phyllis has been a thought leader in child bereavement for decades, and she lectures around the world on the topic. Phyllis's new book, A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One which she wrote with Madelyn Kelly was just published. Read the full article here.
Sunday, May 3rd from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, we invite you to another workshop in our Parenting Through Grief Series, sponsored by the "alumni" parents of The Children's Room. Our next topic is on dating and marrying after a loss. Everyone is different, and our parents will talk about making decisions about dating. Taking the next step and remarrying is a important moment in your life, so come hear what other parents have to say about taking the plunge. The public is welcome to attend, admission is free, and RSVPs are essential so we may plan. Email [email protected] The workshop takes place at The Children's Room headquarters, 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.
On Friday, April 17th, the alumni of the Simmons College School of Social Work will be treated to several presentations from reprentatives from The Children's Room as part of the college's alumni programming. The Keynote Speaker for the event is one of the founding board members of The Children's Room Phyllis Silverman who will present on the topic of How Our Views Have Changed. Phyllis continues to research current issues on child bereavement and leads the research committee at The Children's Room. The committee is comprised of professionals from Tufts University, Wheelock College, Harvard University and other programs. Program Director Donna Sharff and Program Manager Colleen Shannon will present an interactive and inspiring workshop session on The Heart of Grief: Facilitating Creative Arts Expression in Grieving Children and Teenagers. The day long conference concludes with a performance by The Children's Room Teen Performance Troupe. For more information on the conference, visit the Simmons website.