Rainbows Children’s Support Group can benefit children 5 to 12 years old who are grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, divorce, separation, abandonment or other painful family transition. Registration is now open for its spring session, which begins on Monday, March 5 from 6:20 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will meet once a week for ten weeks with the help of Lisa Bayer, Cindy Charney, and Anita Cohen all from Livingston. The program is offered free of charge regardless of school enrollment, religious affiliation, or town of residence. Rainbows is an international nonprofit organization that provides peer support to encourage children to express their feelings, and are assisted in handling their grieving and adjustment process by caring, trained adults. It is not counseling or therapy. Kids learn there are many others like them dealing with the trauma of loss. Currently, the program is in elementary schools, high schools, churches, synagogues, day care centers, and Y’s in 49 states, and 16 foreign countries. A free, optional parent information session runs at the same time for those interested. ”A Conversation with Daughters – How to Deal with the Death of a Mother,” is a program set for Thursday, March 15, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Mother/daughter relationships are complex and the loss of a mother brings a flood of emotions. Aside from the natural grief one feels, there can be regret, guilt, and an extreme feeling of loss that could never be replaced. Join Judith Zucker, LCSW, in this informative program about how to handle such a difficult loss, look at these emotions and the new process of adjustment that begins. including children’s peer Overwhelmed with Paper Clutter? This is a great time of year to get rid of excessive or outdated paperwork and to organize records in preparation for spring. On Tuesday, March 6, from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Ellen Palestine, certified professional organizer of finallyorganized.net, will discuss how to manage and organize the mounds of paper clutter in homes and offices, and provide tips on when to shred, store or save. Registration for these programs is required and open to all women in the community. To register or for additional information, call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at 973-994-4994 or visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org. Workshops are free for members of NCJW and $7 per workshop for non-members. The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women is a nonsectarian, nonprofit community service sponsored by the NCJW Essex County Section that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, families, and the elderly through a variety of nonsectarian services.
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