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A Memory Grows is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as an outreach to grieving parents, and as a resource to hospitals, clinics, hospice groups, churches and other nonprofit organizations.

“An incredible weekend with our new little family! I am so grateful that we all got to share the stories of our beautiful children while making life long friendships. We created memories in a comfortable, safe place that allowed us openly parent our babies in the very special way that we do. We appreciate everyone involved in organizing this retreat. Losing a child is not an easy road to travel but we don’t have to do it alone and we are grateful to you for helping us on our journey. Thank you for listening, for sharing, for advising and for your support. A memory really does grow and I am so proud to have been a part of this very special group.”
-Laura & Jim

“My Husband and I attended the first ever retreat last weekend. We hadn’t dealt with the loss of our three babies who we lost early on. A Memory Grows will be forever in our heart! We learned a lot, laughed a lot and cried a lot! I hope this organization grows as it should! We appreciate everything that was offered to us and will have a lifetime relationship with this AMAZING organization!!!”

-Leslie and Rob
“The weekend retreat my husband & I attended was just what we needed – to be with men & women who are on this awful journey with us. To know that we are not alone and to know that we can still be parents to our son who is no longer physically with us. It was apparent from the very beginning that everyone involved in setting up this retreat knew exactly what was needed for our weekend to be simultaneously fun, healing, nurturing, and open. And it was clear that DeAndrea truly understands what parents of loss need to feel they are in a safe place. My husband and I will always be connected to this organization because it gave us multiple ways to honor & remember our son, while also providing an environment where we could relax and enjoy the presence of others. We love A Memory Grows and will never forget the impact one weekend has had on our lives.”
-Katie & Andy

“My husband and I had the privilege of attending the first retreat for A Memory Grows! Thank you to DeAndrea and her team for hosting this unforgettable getaway! We met the best people, had the best food, and made incredible memories. It was the perfect amount of planned activities, as well as some free time to enjoy with my husband and our new friends! A Memory Grows created a safe place for us to share about our children and remember them together.

Most importantly, it reminded me that it is normal and ok to continue to “mother” Owen in this unique way for the rest of my life! For parents of loss, we often feel like the world is telling us we should be moved on by now. Here we are almost 3 years later, and Owen, I promise you that we will never move on. You are a part of our family, sweet boy! I could not be more proud to be your mommy and to love you this way forever.”

-Amy & Derek

Retreats

After a child dies it seems that time has stopped and yet the world keeps on moving.  Our hearts break and our minds race and yet no one can see or feel that which is happening inside of us.  We all grieve differently and sometimes the ways that we grieve are misunderstood by others and even by ourselves.  This is why it is so important to find others who are walking a similar path who can truly relate to what we are thinking and feeling.

Resources

When navigating the journey of grief it is often helpful to read what others have written, find helpful tools for the day, be inspired by another’s courage or even to sit and listen to the words of music.
These resources are helpful for both the parent who has lost a child as well as others who desire to provide the gift of presence and meaningful support to those who are grieving.