• Laraine Gordon

Our hearts are heavy for the families and people of Newtown, Connecticut

Dear Time For Teens Supporters:


Our hearts are heavy for the families and people of Newtown, Connecticut who try to make sense of this tragedy and grieve the loss of too many innocent lives. The Newtown tragedy has impacted the nation on such a deep emotional level and will leave an impression on many children, families and individuals across this country.


As founder of Time For Teens and Time For Teens Bereavement Camp as well as Aunt to several small children,and having suffered the loss of my own sister when I was just a teen, I recognize the importance of grief support when faced with the death of a loved one. I would like to share the following resources for those affected in Newtown and all families and communities coping with loss:

Time For Teens www.time4teens.org

-Bereavement camp for teens ages 12-19 who have suffered any type of loss. Camp is held in Southampton NY annually in August, exact dates TBD in 2013. TFT Annual Bereavement Camps provide a safe, creative and healing environment for teens who have suffered the loss of a loved one.


COPE www.Copefoundation.org

-Provides ongoing support groups to parents and siblings who have suffered the loss of a loved one.


Camp Erin: www.moyerfoundation.org/camperin

– A free bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 with 40 locations across the country including Camp Erin Boston and Camp Erin New York City which are currently the closest in proximity to Newtown. Camp Erin provides a safe place for children to learn positive coping skills, honor and memorialize those who have died and realize they are not alone in their grief.


National Bereavement Resource Guide: www.moyerfoundation.org/nbrg

A compilation of state and local resources—camps and grief organizations organized by state, plus books and websites for children and families experiencing loss.

Connecticut bereavement resources can be found here:


http://www.moyerfoundation.org/nbrg/pdf/OnlineResourceGuide_Connecticut_2011.pdf

National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC): childrengrieve.org

– Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.


The Senseless Shootings: How to Talk with Your Children – http://childrengrieve.org/senseless-shootings-how-talk-your-children


Support in the Aftermath of an Unimaginable Tragedy – http://childrengrieve.org/support-aftermath-unimaginable-tragedy

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