Family Night in a Box: Expressive Activities adapted for Bereaved Families during COVID-19



June 30, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1.0 hours)

Medical face masks and hand gel sanitizer and family paper cut, lift restriction, school reopening, returning back to school for post covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, new normal concept

Presentation Description

Given the complexity of the current circumstances we face together in our environment, we appreciate the opportunity to present an activity packet we adapted for our bereaved families to use at home during COVID-19…we call it “Family Night in a Box”. Our intention in this webinar is to re-introduce “Family Night”, a monthly service we have presented on in the past at NAGC Symposiums, and to share & facilitate with our larger bereavement community one of the activities from “Family Night in a Box”, as well as to offer all 13 activities as a pdf.

Materials Needed

  • Tissue Box or cereal box
  • Tube-paper towel or tp roll
  • Markers/Sharpie
  • Paper-newspaper/copy paper or notebook paper
  • Tape-packing tape/duct tape or masking tape







Presented By

Laurie Moskowitz -Corrois, LMHC, REAT is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Laurie is an Associate Program Director–Family & Expressive Arts at The Children’s Room, a bereavement center in Arlington, MA. Laurie has integrated her life’s work, living and practicing her theories of creating therapeutic space from inside-out and outside-in. Laurie brings with her more than 30 years of professional experience as an entrepreneur in art, design, business and space planning. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University in the Expressive Therapies Division. Laurie holds an AA from Stephens College, a BS from Lesley College and an MA in Intermodal Expressive Therapy from Lesley University.

Jen Noonan, MSW is a Social Worker at The Children’s Room and has worked with children, adolescents and adults coping with grief, loss and bereavement for the past 7 years. She has worked with this population in a variety of settings - coordinating and facilitating support groups both in-house at The Children’s Room in Arlington, as well as in schools and hospitals. She also provides individual support and consultations to adults and professionals around grief and loss, leads psycho-educational groups for bereaved parents and caregivers and facilitates peer support groups for grieving teens. In addition to bereavement work, Jen has experience working with kids and teens with illness. She worked in Pediatric Oncology for over 12 years, where she developed and ran support programs, activities and events for adolescents and young adults treated in The Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber. Jen also works at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Patient and Family Housing Program where families are offered housing accommodations while they receive their medical care at Boston Children's

Colleen Shannon, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults coping with grief, loss and bereavement. She has worked with grieving children and families in hospital, community based and bereavement camp settings. Colleen is the Associate Program Director at The Children’s Room in Arlington, MA where she developed and now oversees the center’s Teen, School and Community-Based programs. She presents locally and nationally on topics pertaining to childhood bereavement. In addition to her work at The Children’s Room, Colleen is a consultant and group facilitator at Project Common Bond, a program that brings together young adults, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war. She is a faculty member in the postgraduate palliative care program at the School of Social Work at Smith College and works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Beverly, MA where she specializes in working children, adolescents and adults who have experienced parental and sibling bereavement, young adults coping with grief and families experiencing significant losses and life transitions.

Christine Lambright M.A.A.T., L.P.C acts in a variety of clinical roles at The Children’s Room, the largest nonprofit in Massachusetts serving grieving children, teens, and families.  She coordinates TCR's Teen Program, Teens-Only Group series, a family-based peer support group, and multiple school- and community-based peer support groups.  Christine has a background as a mental health clinician deeply committed to working with families and utilizing the arts. Prior to her arrival at TCR in 2015, she acted as a clinician in a variety of nonprofit programs related to foster care for nearly 10 years. Christine studied psychology and art at East Carolina University and went on to receive an MA in Clinical Practices in Psychology from the University of Hartford and an MAAT in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College.

 Nancy Frumer StyronJ.D., Psy.D is a licensed psychologist and the Clinical Director of The Children’s Room, a bereavement center in Arlington, MA. Nancy comes with a background in pediatric psychology and a specialty in oncology. She worked at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for over 24 years, seeing patients and their families, as outpatients at the Dana-Farber and inpatient at Children’s Hospital, who have been affected by diagnosis, treatment, loss, and death. She also serves as the Training Director for graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of social work, psychology, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Nancy has been a meditation practitioner for over thirty years and has a particular interest in the area of mindful parenting, and teaching meditation to children. Nancy has interests in training in the areas of grief and loss, the importance of leadership in many forms, and in Resource Guided Imagery and Music. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA and an advanced graduate certificate in Expressive Arts from Lesley University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a Psy.D from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.