August 2018 Newsletter
Tips and Tools For Back To School
As the summer winds down and fall begins to arrive, transitions are happening all around us. Rejoining the rhythms of the school year represents big changes for all of us, but this time of year can present a particularly difficult set of adjustments for grieving children, teens, and parents.

For parents and caregivers, sending a grieving child or teen back to school can bring up a wide range of emotions. Parents want their children to feel safe, and they may worry about the child stepping out the door and into a less sheltered, less understanding environment outside of the home. Children and teens may crave a return to the normalcy and safety provided by school routine, but they may also find that their peers often misunderstand the many conflicting feelings caused by the death that has occurred.

School teachers, counselors, and administrators might find themselves needing to support a grieving student and not know where to turn.

It can be a difficult time of year, and there are no easy answers. We would like to share a few important tips as we begin this transition back to school.

Tufts Workshop: The Value of Therapeutic Space Planning
"Have you ever wondered why you “feel” more comfortable in certain environments? Is it the people in the space? Is it an aesthetic? The type of work that’s being done? Perhaps the music? Maybe it’s the lighting, the colors, the furniture placement, the art on the walls, or could it be our own energy and what we bring to the space?... My response would be Yes!"

For the fifth consecutive summer, The Children’s Room has hosted students from the Tufts University course, Designing Educational and Therapeutic Environments for a site visit/workshop focused on The Value of Therapeutic Space Planning.
TCR Teen Program: October Open House/Kickoff Event
TCR Open House/Kickoff Event
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
6:15 - 8:30 PM
TCR's Teen Program and Teens-Only Group series are back again for another year!

Whether you're new to TCR, checking out Teen Program and/or Teens-Only group for the first time, OR you have been a part of one of these programs in the past, this is the event for you!

Help us kick-off our 2018-2019 year, and catch a sneak peek at all that we have planned.  Join us to have dinner and spend time with others interested or involved in our unique offerings just for teens. You’ll catch a sneak peek at our plans for the year ahead and work together on a new collaborative teen mosaic!

Teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, who have ever experienced the death of a
parent or sibling  are welcome.
Join Us for Our 15th Annual Memories Walk
Sunday, October 14th, 2018
10:30 AM
Arlington Town Hall

Our Annual Memories Walk is a great family-friendly event that provides an opportunity to come together to celebrate our special community, remember those who have died, and support the important programs of The Children's Room.

Sign up today to be a part of TCR's biggest community event and set up your personal fundraising page when you register. We look forward to walking together on October 14th!

 The Walk will cover 3 miles along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. Afterward, we will gather back at Arlington Town Hall to celebrate with food, entertainment, and an inspirational program to commemorate the day.

We encourage you to bring your children and families for our very family-friendly event.

Wednesdays at TCR
7:00 - 8:30PM

Parenting While Grieving is an eight-week series which meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30pm at TCR.

Please join us for our fall series supporting parent/caregivers who are parenting children and teens who have had a parent die. We will practice the essential parenting skills of listening, problem-solving, and setting limits within the context of a grieving family.

There is no cost to this series, but space is limited. Please click here for more information on dates and how to register.
In order to raise public awareness and visibility of The Children's Room and our services, we invite you to either attend or host a tour!

We offer tours at our Arlington Center, or hosted by you in another location (home,
work, community organization).
For more information about attending or hosting a tour, please contact:
Please note: Tours are not appropriate for new grieving families seeking services.
Our Heartfelt Thanks to Conneely Contracting
A big thank you to Conneely Contracting for their generous construction project this summer at The Children's Room. We at TCR are deeply grateful for your efforts and continued support of The Children's Room.

We are truly grateful for being selected as a 2018 Ocean Spray Community Fund grant recipient this year. Thank you Ocean Spray for providing us this grant and supporting The Children's Room mission and vision.
We are excited to introduce the kickoff of Heartfelt Fridays . Each Friday, we will share a photo of heart-shaped objects taken by our staff and community members. These hearts beautifully symbolize our values here at The Children's Room. Have a heart picture you love? Please send it to us at
1210 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02476