WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The Children's Room offers hope and healing to children and teens ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. We also provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to meet with each other and talk about their own experiences parenting a grieving child, and to give and receive support around their own grief.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The grief experience is not depicted accurately or compassionately in the media, which leads to a general misunderstanding of grief to the public. We believe that the normalization of the grief experience will lead to greater compassion, hope, and growth for those experiencing the death of a loved one. Accurate and compassionate media coverage about grief is important to the broader public awareness around issues related to grief.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
We will make every effort to respond in advance of your deadline, and connect you with the most accurate information and relevant sources for your stories related to grief.
- Peer support groups- Through our groups, we seek to offer children, teens, and their families an opportunity to find connection and community after the death of an immediate family member.
- “Parenting While Grieving” educational series- In this eight-week, evidence-based series, bereaved parents and/or caregivers explore the impact of loss on children, their developmental reactions to the grief process, and strategies for managing the challenges of parenting
- Individualized consultations for adults- Staff are available to meet with parents and other supporting adults to discuss a family’s unique needs during the grieving process. Consultations are very personal and tailored to the specific needs of each family’s situation. These sessions are for adults only and are designed to support individuals and families impacted by death, life-threatening illness, or any other loss.
- Teen-specific programming- Through a combination of group-based activities, social outings, and workshops, teens who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling have the opportunity to connect with each other in a safe and comfortable setting.
- Monthly family activity nights- Family Night at The Children’s Room is a monthly service that provides families the opportunity to join together, centered around a creative arts activity. Extended family encouraged to participate!
- Information and referral services- Our staff is available to speak with you over the phone or by email to make recommendations and help you access the services and programs that fit your individual needs. We maintain a database of local grief support organizations, groups, counselors, and faith-based institutions that provide grief support services.
- To expand our reach and make grief support services more widely available, we train professionals in social services, education, and healthcare settings with the tools they need to support grieving children and families.
- We also train graduate and undergraduate students through a rigorous internship program, in order to educate the next generation of professionals entering the fields of mental health counseling, expressive therapies, and social work.
- We maintain a database of local grief support organizations, groups, counselors, and faith-based institutions that provide grief support services.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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