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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 info@childrensroom.org.

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

DeVito Family and TCR Present Educational Workshop

The DeVito Family and The Children’s Room Invite you to… How Parents Can Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss Language, Tools and Strategies Thursday May 10, 2012 • 6:30 P.M. Arlington Town Hall 700 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington This educational workshop is open to anyone who would like to better understand their child’s grief. The prior loss of a loved one is not required. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. The parking lot behind town hall (on Academy St.) will be available for your convenience.  Please RSVP: director@devitofuneralhomes.com or (781) 643-5610 This workshop will be presented by Deborah Rivlin, Director of Education & Training at The Children's Room. She has over 30 years experience helping grieving children, teens and families. Deborah was an integral part of Boston Medical Center’s Good Grief program from 1988 until 2008 providing in-service trainings and crisis intervention. Deborah developed and served as the director of The CIRCLE, a comprehensive family bereavement support program for 10 years, including support programs for children and adults who had a loved one die on 9/11/01. Click here to download a pdf flyer for this workshop.

By |May 9th, 2012|Categories: Community Events, News, Resources, workshops or conferences|Comments Off on DeVito Family and TCR Present Educational Workshop

Annual Circle of Hope Breakfast An inspiring and lovely morning

An amazing turn-out for our Circle of Hope Breakfast on May 3rd! We are so glad if you were able to join us at our annual breakfast. It was wonderful to share this year's inspiring program with so many caring friends of The Children's Room! The enormous outpouring of support will clearly make a difference in the lives of grieving children and families this year. As we grow, we envision adding family support groups, starting more school-based groups, and expanding our educational outreach. If you were not able to attend the breakfast this year, but would like contribute, you can make a secure, online donation here. We hope you'll join us next year! We are deeply appreciative of the support of our community, enabling The Children's Room to continue to offer vital and life-changing services to grieving families.

By |May 4th, 2012|Categories: Community Events, Events, News|Comments Off on Annual Circle of Hope Breakfast An inspiring and lovely morning

Cocktail Reception & Appreciation Night

Richard and Lisa Greene hosted a very special cocktail reception at their home, to appreciate members of our Circle of Hope Giving Community. Many TCR supporters gathered together at this memorable event, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Centerpoint Advisors, The Betsy Hotel, and the Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation. Everyone listened to a beautiful talk by Courtney Silva, whose father died when she was age six. Courtney is now 25 and she spoke of being honored and excited to work in our Sunday group at TCR, supporting six- and seven-year-old children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Having once been supported by The Children's Room, she now gives back to families at TCR as a program volunteer. An exciting moment of the evening came when names were drawn for the raffle - two lucky guests won a gift certificate for a wonderful trip to The Betsy Hotel in Florida! Philanthropy programs at the Betsy in Southbeach make this beachfront hotel a model of community partnership.  We appreciate The Betsy's commitment to good works and the generous trip they donated to The Children's Room. The event marked the gathering of our many generous Circle of Hope donors. Great food and camaraderie made it a night to remember.

By |March 7th, 2012|Categories: Community Events, News|Comments Off on Cocktail Reception & Appreciation Night

Marathon Kickoff Reception

What inspires someone to run in the Boston Marathon? We had a great evening in January during our Marathon Kickoff Reception, hearing from this year's runners: Courtney & Jill (pictured left), Anne, Deana, and Chris. Friends and supporters came to meet our runners and hear about what inspired them to participate in the Marathon in support of children and families at TCR. Click here to learn more about the marathon runners.

By |February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Advocacy, Community Events, Family Stories, Memorial Events, Volunteers|Comments Off on Marathon Kickoff Reception

Thanks to The Vivs for a Great Benefit Bash!

For the second year in a row, The Vivs graciously put on a Holiday Benefit & Bash at the Regent Theater to support The Children's Room. Thanks to The Vivs and everyone who came out for this fun evening - the $1,500 you raised supports a child in our program for a year! The Vivs 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Holiday Benefit & Bash for The Children's Room featured Big Dipper, Bill Janovitz & Tanya Donelly, The Vivs, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and The Lesley Ellis Children's Chorus also featured The CCC Bell Choir sponsored by Narragansett Beer  *  Brett Milano Emcee

By |December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Community Events, News|Comments Off on Thanks to The Vivs for a Great Benefit Bash!

Candle lightings this holiday season

The candle lighting events listed below have already taken place. If you know of other remembrance events or gatherings, please send them to info@childrensroom.org so that we can share them with the rest of the community. ................................. The Visiting Nurse and Community Health's Hospice Care invites you to their Celebration of Light Holiday Service - a service of comfort and hope especially for those experiencing loss. Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 7:00pm Church of Our Saviour 21 Marathon St., East Arlington, MA For more information, please contact Nancy Strong, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 781-643-6090 ext. 1342. Download the flyer here. ................................. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is hosting their 15th annual candle lighting on December 11th, 2011. This memorial event will happen worldwide at 7:00pm local time, creating a virtual wave of light as hundreds of thousands of persons in all time zones commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Many people will participate in this memorial in their own homes or small groups, but you are welcome to join the Greater Boston Chapter of The Compassionate Friends for their candle lighting gathering in Jamaica Plain. December 11th, 2011 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Forest Hill Cemetery, 95 Forest Hill Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA Read about the details for this event and download the event flyer here. Pre-registration is recommended. Register by calling Linda Strother at 617-288-8068 or e-mailing thecompassionatefriendsofboston@hotmail.com. ................................. We warmly invite you to come to The Children's Room for our Circle of Light Community Candle Lighting Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 6:30pm to 7:30pm at The Children's Room in Arlington, MA Readings, a community art project, and refreshments will all be part [...]

By |December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Memorial Events, News, Rituals|Comments Off on Candle lightings this holiday season

Circle of Light Community Candle Lighting

Please join The Children's Room for an evening of remembrance, comfort and hope... Wednesday, December 14th, 2011  ~  6:30 to 7:30 pm The Children's Room 1210 Massachusetts Avenue  ~  Arlington, MA 02476 In this season of light, remember the light your loved one has brought to your life. We warmly invite you to come and remember a loved one at this affirming ritual, and to share with others from our community. Readings, a community art project, and refreshments will all be part of the evening, and participants will have the opportunity to take home a candle to keep through the holiday season. All are welcome, including children of all ages and anyone new to The Children's Room community. Please RSVP so that we can plan for the number of people who will be attending. RSVPs and questions can be directed to Sarah at sarah@childrensroom.org or 781-641-4741 ext. 100. When submitting your RSVP, please let Sarah know how many children will be attending with you. ~  Click here to make a donation to The Children's Room in memory of a loved one  ~ Feel free to download this pdf flyer to share our event with others.

By |December 10th, 2011|Categories: Community Events, Events, Memorial Events, News|Comments Off on Circle of Light Community Candle Lighting

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

Anniversary Memorial: 9/11

We join communities throughout Massachusetts in honoring the 9/11 Anniversary. Nearly 3,000 children lost a parent who died from the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Ten years after losing her husband, Teresa Mathai shared some of her memories and reflections with us. "Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, when I heard my husband Joseph Mathai was at a conference at Windows on the World at the WTC and missing after the buildings collapsed, I was in shock and overwhelmed. As a mother with two young kids, I did not know how to break the news to them and how to face the uncertain future ahead. Good friends of ours, Joe and Candy Bergantino, suggested that I call The Children's Room, which I did. Our family will never forget the kindness and loving support we received from The Children's Room from those early days of this tragedy, and we will forever be grateful for the continued friendship we have maintained all these years!" Here at The Children's Room, we work every day to help support grieving families, and we know that the death of a parent or sibling remains one of society's least understood and least supported issues. Yet we are inspired daily by stories of courage, and stories of families who turn loss into healing. Teresa Mathai recently helped Boston families record their memories of loved ones when the 9/11 Memorial Museum visited Boston, through a series of audio recording sessions at The Children's Room. One of those who shared his story was Franklin Ross, whose father died on 9/11. Franklin wrote a book of poems to honor his father, and his poetry illustrates how creative expression can transform pain into meaning and beauty. [...]

By |August 30th, 2011|Categories: Advocacy, Child Loss, Community Events, Family Stories, Homicide, Memorial Events, News|Comments Off on Anniversary Memorial: 9/11