May 2015 Newsletter    
Missing Mom: Grief and Mother's Day
Mother's Day can bring up a variety of different feelings, especially if you are grieving the death of someone important to you.

You may be remembering your mother, grandmother, or other important figure in your life. You may also be grieving for a child who has died or for the loss of the family and future you envisioned for yourself.

No matter how long it has been since they died, or what your relationship was like with them when they were alive, it is normal to have many conflicting feelings around your loss. 

On Mother's Day and every day, 
please know you are not alone. 

Allow yourself the time and space to acknowledge whatever feelings you may have, and remember that experiencing happiness and moving forward in your life in no way diminishes the love you have for that person.

Everyone experiences grief in a unique way. There is no time frame for grief or "right way" to remember someone who has died. 

If you would like to share memories or ideas for remembering your special person, feel free to join our Mother's Day conversation on Facebook.
Congratulations to our Marathon Team!
All six of TCR's Boston Marathon runners crossed the finish line!


Every step of their 26.2 mile accomplishment was made to support children, teens, and families who have experienced the death of an immediate family member. 

We are so grateful for and amazed by their dedication to making a difference in the lives of grieving families.


It's not too late to support their fundraising efforts!

If you want to congratulate an individual runner or the team as a whole, you can make a secure online donation on their Crowdrise fundraising page.

Thank you for supporting our Boston Marathon team 

and the children and families who count on TCR for caring support.

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We're grateful to the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program 

for granting us bibs for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Robert Kraft's Gift to TCR Featured in the Boston Globe
Donna Smith Sharff, Executive Director

The generous $100,000 gift from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft keeps on giving!

Last month, TCR was included in a story on the front page of the Boston Globe about the personal touch of Kraft's philanthropy.

Read the Globe article and hear about the surprise phone call our executive director received from Robert Kraft himself.
Up Next in Teen Programming...
We have some exciting events coming up just for teens! These events are both FREE and will be facilitated by TCR staff and graduate interns.

Our Teen Programs are open to any teens (ages 13-18)* who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.

Saturday, May 16th
5:00pm - 11:00pm

Registration deadline is 
TODAY - Friday, May 8th

Teens will get to experience a professional-level soccer game together (includes transportation from The Children's Room to the game at Gillette Stadium and back).

Saturday, June 6th
choose from 2 time sessions:
10:00am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 5:00pm

*This event is also open 
to youth 12 years old.

With the guidance of a guest art retailer, teens will make a 12" by 12" mixed-media collage using photographs, brochures, old CDs or CD covers, scraps of t-shirt/cloth, or anything meaningful and two-dimensional. 

for more details on these events!

Thank you to Robert Kraft, owner of The New England Patriots, 
for generously underwriting our expanded teen programming.
Summer Camps for Grieving Children
Each year, we share a list of summer camps that have been developed for children, teens, and families who are grieving the loss of a family member.


These programs are not affiliated with The Children's Room but may be of interest to your family. 


Take a look at the 2015 Summer Camp list on our website.

Take a Tour
Come inside our welcoming Victorian house in Arlington for a one-hour tour.

Next Tour Date
Thurs., June 4, 10am

Our 3 floors dedicated to children, teens, and families include high energy room for movement and active play, 
cozy living rooms for connecting, and an art room with colorful and inviting materials for creating, expressing, and exploring.

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You can support TCR just by shopping on Amazon!

A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to TCR when you shop through
Our Heartfelt Thanks

Thank you for your support, and thanks to the following people 
for some special, recent donations:


A group from the Noble and Greenough School (Nobles) of Dedham, MA spent a day volunteering at TCR last month. 


Thank you to the students and teachers who worked hard to help make our garden a beautiful space for grieving children and families!

The Children's Room has partnered with Donate for Charity to make it fast and easy to donate your old vehicle to TCR. Your vehicle will be picked up - free of charge! - from anywhere and TCR will receive a donation in the amount of the vehicle's value.
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