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.
A heartfelt article by Michelle Deville deals with how she as a parent is trying to help her daughter after the sudden death of her daughter's teenage friend. Michelle writes how this mirror her own experience in high school when her friend died in a car accident. Michelle offers solid advice such as Don’t ever invalidate the teenager! They do not want to hear things like “you will feel better tomorrow” or “you have been grieving for a week, time to move on”. Kids need to feel safe and secure to grieve in whatever way feels right to them. This is especially true when teens have a strong reaction to the death of someone they may not have been close to. Adults may be confused as to why they were so deeply affected by someone they didn't know. Read Michelle's full post.
As part of their new partnership with the Boston Celtics, TD Banknorth is providing teens from The Children's Room the opportunity to attend a Celtics game through the "TD Banknorth Kids Clubhouse" program. Celtics forward Al Jefferson hosts the program and will meet with our teens. The teens will be courtside to watch the Celtics pre-game warm-ups and the game. The Children's Room will be on the JumboTron! The "TD Banknorth Kid's Clubhouse" program is another example of how TD Banknorth goes "Above and Beyond" for children in the community.
Upcoming Workshop: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Death, and Other Stressful Life Events
This workshop is open to the public and is ideal for teachers and other professionals who work with children of all ages. Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Fee: $25, payable on-line or in person) Location: The Children’s Room, 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA To register, email [email protected] RSVPs are essential as space is limited to create an interactive experience. […]
As part of our on-going Parenting Through Grief series, a group of our alumni parents came together and shared their experiences of parenting a grieving teenager. We are thankful for our Parent Council for organizing this and writing up the notes from their discussion. The full version is in our Resources section. Our next Parenting Through Grief program will be How to Respond When People Say and Do the Wrong Things - Sunday, March 8, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at our Arlington location: 1210 Mass. Ave. More information on that and other workshops is available in our Workshops and Training section.
As part of the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Children's Room opened its doors wide to a group of over 50 volunteers of all ages. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated on this inspirational day. The list of accomplishments is long: Built shelving for art supplies which we desperately needed so we could store all of the new donations we received. Built bookshelves for our new, growing library. We are creating a sunny, cozy library nook for our families. Moved file cabinets into our new flexible workspace. (No more looking for files in the freezing cold back hall). Sewed bags for our closing rock ceremony (very popular with the 11-13 year old set). These pouches are special keepsakes for our families when they are done with our program. Built desks for our new workspace. Now we can spread out our work. Assembled new office chairs. Very comfortable. Fixed the wobbly pool tables! Both of them! Built the bench for our garden. Moved all of our books from different parts of the house to our new library nook. Lots of lifting involved in that! Sorted arts and crafts (mainly done by kids! “It was exhausting” one kid reported. I hope they all slept well afterwards.) Cleaned the sand table and all the shelving and sorting those toys! (Our youngest volunteer helped with that project) Moved heavy objects from one place to another! Yes we can! Now the air conditioners have been put away! Folded our art cards so we can give them out. Stuffed envelopes for our mailing to 300+ schools to spread the word about our trainings And the entire house was left cleaner than when the [...]
The Children’s Room sponsors a series of parent to parent workshops so our “alumni” parents can share with others their insight and experience of what it is like to be a grieving parent and a grieving adult who wants to go on living fully. Please join us at our upcoming workshop. Admission is free, and we ask those who can afford it, to make a donation. RSVPs are requested as space is limited. Email or call us (781 641 4741) with your reservation. All workshops take place at 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. On street parking is available on Mass. Ave and Appleton St. (building entrance is on Appleton). Helping Your Teenager Through the Loss of a Loved One - Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Is it grieving or is it teen angst? How can you tell and how can you help? This group of parents will talk about staying connected during those critical teen years.
Visit Open Studios at Arlington Center for the Arts and while you are there, stop by the cafe on the second floor from noon to 4 pm. The cafe will be run by two teen supporters of The Children's Room to benefit our programs! Here are the details: Open Studios @ Arlington Center for the Arts - featuring 80 artists and fine crafters 41 Foster Street, Arlington (free parking) Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19 from noon to 5 pm each day. Arlington Center for the Arts and The Children's Room collaborate on many projects. ACA holds art classes at our Arlington HQ (conveniently located near the middle school); they have hosted our art work in their galleries; and our Teen Performance Troupe loves their theater. Every community should be so lucky to have a program like the ACA! Sneak preview of some of the art is available here.