January 2016 Newsletter
Our Community Candle Lighting: An Evening of Remembrance, Comfort, and Hope

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~ Desmond Tutu

On January 20, we hosted our annual Community Candle Lighting ceremony, a special evening of community togetherness, reflection, remembrance, and music. With nearly 60 community members in attendance, this was our largest and brightest candle lighting ceremony ever!

To begin the evening, everyone had the opportunity to create their own votive candle as a remembrance. Each votive was decorated with care to reflect and honor their unique grief experience.

During the ceremony, everyone was invited to come forward, one at a time, to light their votive candle and share a memory or a brief reflection about the person who died. Five pillar candles were lit to represent grief, courage, memories, love, and hope.

The fifth pillar candle, pictured above, represents hope: 

The people who died will live on through us
Never to be erased from memory
That their lives make a difference in the world
That they are proud of us
And that we will continue to grow and find happiness
Remembering and appreciating the gift of their lives

With thanks to all those who gathered with us to connect and remember, and with warmest wishes for a light-filled 2016!

Christine2 Meet Christine Lambright

We are so proud to introduce Christine Lambright, MA, MAAT, as the newest member of our program staff. As TCR's Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator, Christine helps manage the development of our community-based and youth programming and coordinates and facilitates peer support groups.

In Christine's first year, she's had a vital role in deepening our community partnerships with organizations such as the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and supporting our Teen Programwhich dramatically expanded in 2015 thanks to a generous gift from New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Click here to read more about Christine's experience and her role at TCR!

Welcoming Two New Board Members
Pearl Riney, M.D., and Jenny Carlson-Pietraszek

We are also extremely proud to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors: Pearl Riney, M.D., a resident of Lexington, and Jenny Carlson-Pietraszek, a resident of Dedham.

Pearl practices medicine as a general pediatrician at West Cambridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and at Mount Auburn Hospital. Jenny works as an educator at Noble & Greenough School. 

Welcome, Jenny, and welcome, Pearl! We know that your expertise and your leadership experience will be invaluable assets for TCR as we work to advance our mission to create safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.

Click here to read more about these two remarkable women! 

Our 2016 Boston Marathon Team: Ready to #RunBold
Thank you, Robert Kraft!

Thank you so much to Robert Kraft for featuring TCR in the New England Patriots 2014-15 Community Involvement ReportWhat an honor!

Click the image below to read more!

TCR & AHC in the news!

Thank you to the Arlington Advocate for sharing the news that the Arlington Hockey Club exceeded their fundraising goals this fall. The AHC raised over $15,000 for TCR at their fourth annual Skate-a-Thon! You can read all about their fundraising success on our website and at the Arlington Advocate online. 
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Our Heartfelt Thanks
Thank you for your support, and thanks to the following people for some special, recent donations.


Thank you so much to former TCR program participant, Christine McEwen! Christine recently started her own business, Jane Riley Ltd, and she chose to designate Jane Riley's proceeds from a recent holiday fair to TCR! In doing so, Christine wanted to thank us for the services she and her two children, Jane and Riley, received at our center after her husband, Jim, died in an accident. We are so thankful that Christine has chosen to give back to TCR through her passion for business!


Thank you to Boston University men's hockey for donating tickets to the Terriers' game versus Maine for our Teen Program, and thank you to WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub for supporting us on the night of the event with a "Chuck a Puck" contest to raise funds for TCR!


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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