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, [...]
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!
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]
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!
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.
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.
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.
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