Family Nights

Grief Support for the Whole Family

Due to COVID-19 requirements for physical distancing, our Family Nights program is being converted to an online format. Please check back soon for information and dates for upcoming programs.

CaringMatters holds Family Nights, which are offered free of charge, several times each year before major holidays to help families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Families share a meal with other families and participate in art activities and conversations to help them plan for the holiday, while honoring the absence of their loved one.

Please contact 
Gilly Cannon at or 301-990-8904

to learn more or to register.

Holidays and other special days can be especially challenging for grieving children. Anticipating and acknowledging these days can be a helpful way to promote sharing and communication. 

CaringMatters Family Nights are designed for families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Each workshop is held approximately one week prior to a major holiday, so that families can learn coping tools, plan for how they will handle celebrations, and mark the absence of their loved one(s). Activities facilitated by trained volunteers encourage parents and children to create something together to take home, as a way to continue conversations about their loved ones and to help keep their memories alive.


Each workshop is designed to be independent of the others, so that families can come to one or more as they choose.

The workshops help families:

• Express their grief and remember their loved one who died

• Honor their loved one while bringing their family closer together 

• Learn coping strategies for handling holidays and special days 

• Share dinner with other families who are also grieving


Appropriate for families with children ages 5-18. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Download our
Family Nights Flyer:
English   /  Spanish

Thank you to our Family Nights sponsor,

The Newburger-Schwartz Family Foundation.


CaringMatters provides social supports and community education so that no one dies or grieves alone.  


Phone: 301-869-HOPE (4673)

Registered Charity: 52-1591455

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