Graduation and beyond

The Children's Room is proud of our graduating seniors. We recognize that the past few months might have felt quite different than usual, and graduation may not have been precisely the occasion they imagined. We feel that our seniors deserve every ounce of credit! Graduation is a big deal, and we are excited for them and celebrate ALL of their achievements! We also want to send them off, knowing that they still have a lot of support! Take a look at the many different (free) ways seniors and young adults can continue to connect with others who have had similar experiences: HEART Play for Young Adults A great way to get to know other late high school and college-aged individuals from MA! Zoom groups are offered throughout the summer and beyond. Find a space to acknowledge the challenges of graduation, leaving home after a loss, meeting new people, and more. Learn more. Actively Moving Forward This national organization is focused on supporting, connecting, and empowering grieving young adults. They've got virtual support mastered! They offer a free app that connects you with others in a fun social way, virtual support groups, customized text messages from a "Grief Coach," and lots of info about finding support during college. Learn more. The Dinner Party Young adults in nearly 100 cities & towns around the world are meeting up for dinner! Find a community of other emerging adults who have experienced a past loss and meet up for pot-lucks and great conversations. Learn more. What's Your Grief This website offers a tremendous archive of practical, humorous, sarcastic, and down-to-earth articles about dealing with grief. Written by two young adults who have had their own past losses, WYG covers [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News, Teens|0 Comments

The Children’s Room Teens during COVID-19

As much as The Children’s Room has supported all our TCR families closely during this pause in programming, we have found our thoughts continuously pulled back to our teens and how this unusual COVID-19 time might be impacting them. The teens who are brought towards TCR are no strangers to the layers of losses that come with being their age and experiencing the death of a parent or sibling. While they have keen insights about how their lives have been impacted, we suspect that many are encountering new emotions and situations that even they could not have imagined. Grieving teens often find outlets, build a sense of belonging, and form identities through their social communities. For nearly the past two months, however, they have found themselves separated from friends, teachers, coaches, and others who might have been their confidants and supports. With sports teams, school communities, after-school activities, jobs, and even time spent relaxing with friends taken away for the foreseeable future, it is likely that they are feeling the isolation of this time magnified. A number of teens have also needed to take on additional responsibilities during this time, further adding to the stressors that they are managing. Many teens attending TCR’s groups can identify a whole list of future milestones that will be altered by not having the person who died there to witness and share in them. For our seniors graduating in 2020, some of these same significant moments - which were already anticipated to bring reminders of past loss - will now be intertwined with a new type of grief. In addition to the person who died not being there to take pre-prom photos, cheer on their senior sports awards ceremony, [...]

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: News, Teens|0 Comments

Register Early for our August Workshops!

Online registration is now open for our 2012 Summer Workshops! We're excited to provide you with four different workshop opportunities this summer. All trainings take place at our home in Arlington and last from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Continuing Education Credits are available. Register early and save $10 on your registration fee! These workshops have been popular in the past with teachers, social workers, health care professionals, and religious leaders. Whether you help support grieving children in your professional or personal life (or both), these workshops will provide you with strategies and tools for working with children and teens of all ages. Workshops offered include: Fostering Resiliency in Children Coping with Death, Illness, & Other Losses (Wednesday, August 1st) Helping Your Community Respond to Loss: Creating a Crisis Team & Plan of Action (Tuesday, August 7th) "If we lost Uncle David, why don't we go find him?" Strategies for Talking with Young Children about Death, Dying, & Loss (Thursday, August 9th) Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescence (Tuesday, August 14th) To learn more and register for any of these workshops, please visit our 2012 Summer Workshop Series page!

By |June 25th, 2012|Categories: Events, News, Resources, Teens, Training, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on Register Early for our August Workshops!

Teen Performance Troupe Delivers Memorable Performance

Members of the 2012 Teen Performance Troupe took to the stage for their last time this year on Friday, June 8th at Belmont Hill School's Kraft Theatre. The Teen Performance Troupe is a unique piece of TCR programming. Each year teens from TCR join together to create their own original show about grief and loss in their lives. Over the years the Troupe has performed for a variety of audiences, including schools, children's centers, doctors, nurses, and the general community. You can read more about the Teen Performance Troupe and our alumni teens by clicking here. If you have questions about our Teen Performance Troupe - or would like them to perform in your community next season - find out more by emailing [email protected]

By |May 24th, 2012|Categories: Art, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, News, Teens|Comments Off on Teen Performance Troupe Delivers Memorable Performance

Annual Memories Walk – October 2nd

Memories That Move Us - Our annual Memories Walk was a wonderful day for our community, and we thank our many supporters for being part of our biggest walk ever!  Please check back soon to see more photographs from the day, featuring walkers in bright green shirts. We will also be posting more news about how this event helped with our fall fundraising efforts to support The Children's Room. Still want to donate to this year's walk? It's not too late to make an online contribution at  Firstgiving. Again, we thank our generous walk sponsors, all the friends and volunteers and donors who made our Memories Walk a success again this year, and we especially thank the Arlington Hockey Club for another amazing year of support!

By |October 3rd, 2011|Categories: Child Loss, College Students, Community Events, Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, News, Parents Council, Teens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Annual Memories Walk – October 2nd

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

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

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

Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

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.

By |March 6th, 2010|Categories: Child Loss, Community Events, Events, News, Parents Council, Resources, Teens|Comments Off on Helping Your Teenager Through Their Loss – Sunday Night Discussion, March 7

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