Children's Bereavement Support
VIRTUAL Family Nights on Zoom
Pre-Valentine's Day Session

Grief Support for the Whole Family
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for this FREE online workshop specially designed to support grieving children and families.
  • Complete a meaningful art project as a family
  • Express your grief and remember your loved one who died
  • Honor your loved one while bringing your family closer together
  • Learn coping strategies for handling holidays and special days

Appropriate for families with children ages 5-18.
All art supplies will be provided.

Registration is required and space is limited.
Registration deadline: January 29th.

To register or learn more, contact:
Gilly Cannon, gillyc@caringmatters.org or 301-990-8904.
Save the Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - our next
Family Night, which will focus on preparing for Spring Holidays.
Parenting While Grieving:
Supporting a Child Grieving
the Death of a Parent

FREE 8-Week Online Workshop Series
First Session: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
CaringMatters is proud to launch a new online workshop series to support grieving parents as they support their children through loss and grief. This interactive series, Parenting While Grieving: Supporting a Child Grieving the Death of a Parent, will explore:
  • the impact of the loss on children
  • developmental reactions to the grief process
  • strategies for dealing with the challenges of parenting while grieving
 
The sessions will include the practice of essential parenting skills, such as listening, expressing, problem-solving, and setting limits within the context of a grieving family.
The series, offered free of charge, will be facilitated online by CaringMatters' trained staff on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, with the first session scheduled for February 17, 2021. Participants are expected to commit to attend all eight sessions, as each week's theme builds on the next.
Space is limited. The registration deadline is February 8, 2021.

To learn more or register for the workshop services, please contact 
Mabilia Rastellomabiliar@caringmatters.org or 301-252-4450.
Community Education
At A Loss: An Online Writing Workshop on Grief

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Note: This workshop is limited to 25 participants.
Grief has a habit of rendering us mute. But when we put our sadness into words, we tap into the healing process and begin to make sense of our pain. Writing our grief can reveal the darkest corners of our loss, or simply put tears on paper.
 
In a workshop led by essayist Karen Paul, participants will read works from authors who write about grief, write from prompts, and share their words with the group. This workshop will be a safe, comfortable, and supportive writing and sharing environment.
Karen Paul, a new member of CaringMatters' Board of Trustees (see below), is an essayist and memoirist whose work has been published in Lilith, The Washington Post, Modern Loss, and other sites. In addition to hosting grief writing workshops, she is currently writing a memoir on illness, loss and widowhood.
The Pam Hard Legacy Circle Launch Event
The founding members of the Pam Hard Legacy Circle will gather for a virtual lunch event on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, to officially launch this special planned giving initiative. Named after Pam Hard, a dedicated CaringMatters supporter and a loyal volunteer, the initiative will help sustain our compassionate support programs into the future for generations to come.

New members are welcome to join us for this festive "launcheon!" For more information on becoming a member of the Pam Hard Legacy Circle, please contact Allison Stearns, allisons@caringmatters.org, 301-869-0113 or visit our website.
Welcome, New Trustees
We are honored to have the support of a robust Board of Trustees, who serve as ambassadors, fundraisers and champions out in the community for CaringMatters.​ View the list of the entire CaringMatters Board of Trustees on our website.
Karen Paul
Karen Paul is the principal of Catalyzing Philanthropy, a boutique fundraising and development consultancy. Karen is working on a book about her experience with grief and trauma as a caretaker for a spouse with terminal brain cancer. As she shares her personal experience through her writing, workshops and speaking engagements, she will be a powerful ambassador for CaringMatters. Read more.
Broderick L. Young
Broderick L. Young is a Founding Partner and Financial Advisor at Reveal Wealth, a Maryland‐based wealth management and financial planning firm. Broderick's communications and leadership skills, honed over 20 years of working in the financial sector and coaching others in the field, will help support CaringMatters' efforts to reach more people in need of compassionate support. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Please note that all of the upcoming events listed below will be virtual.
518 S. Frederick Avenue,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-869-HOPE (4673)