Testimonials 2017-11-11T10:12:01+00:00

Retreat Participant Experiences

 

For the first time in 44 years I was able to celebrate the brief life of my son.

-Mother of R.S

My husband and I attended the August retreat and it was life changing. Neither one of us knew exactly what to expect or if we’d get much out of it but knew it was worth a try. We do not regret it one bit. It was so nice to be able to meet other couples that have had similar experiences and leave the retreat as friends. Being able to talk about our son, Collin openly was refreshing.
The amount of planned and unplanned activities was just right and I enjoyed the meaning behind each of the projects. DeAndrea has such a caring heart and is truly invested in making each family feel welcomed.

-Parents of Collin

When my husband and I signed up for the retreat, we did not know what to expect and wondered if we would get anything out of going. We were pleasantly surprised with how much we got out of it. We truly enjoyed the experience and made great friends. It felt good to be among people who we could relate to and who could relate to us.
It is very difficult balancing how you “should be” and how you really want to be in everyday life after you have lost a child. We feel pressure to “move on” and get back to “normal”. This is a struggle we face daily. The retreat gave us a weekend where we were allowed to just be who we wanted to be and say what we wanted to say without judgement. My husband and I were able to talk about our son freely, without any hesitation. It was nice that all of us were able to boast about our little ones like every other parent has the pleasure of doing. It was a safe place to laugh and cry, and laugh and cry, and laugh and cry some more.
DeAndrea was a wonderful host. All her activities had meaning and helped us honor our child/children. For us, it was very healing and we will never forget what it has done for us. Thank you DeAndrea for being such a wonderful mother to Max, leaving a legacy for him that has touched our lives forever.

-Parents of James

My husband and I attended our first retreat honoring our twins that passed away in October. This was such a special time for us to talk about our children and meet other parents that have been through something similar. We took away new lifelong friendships and items we made honoring our children. We were nervous going in and by the end of the weekend we did not want to leave. DeAndrea has a big heart and truly cares for each family. We are so glad we went. It was a very special weekend.

-Parents of Grace and Dillan

A Memory Grows was and continues to be such a gift to our family. We made life long friends. We grew in strength and confidence. We were really nervous about going because we weren’t sure what to expect, but each night it got a little easier to share with other the moms and dads, each night we learned something new about our families, by the end we were sad to leave.

-Parents of AK

My husband and I just returned from the School Aged Child Loss Retreat at the Iron Horse Inn in Granbury. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to spend this time together in the fellowship of other grieving families and under the thoughtful, caring and extremely insightful guidance of DeAndrea Dare. We felt safe and comfortable sharing our story, learning about the grief process and learning ways that we can carry on and move forward while always remembering and honoring the life and legacy of our son.

-Parents of Nathan

I attended their one-day retreat for women and it was amazing to say the least! It was a safe place with people who understood what I was going through! It was also so great to make new friends that I plan to keep in touch with! Thank you for this PERFECT experience! I can’t wait to attend another event!

-Mother of Charley Sue

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!!!

-Parents of Howe Babies

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.

-Parents of Fisher

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.

-Parents of Baby Ray & Owen

October 15th was our first unborn child’s due date. So it just all fit perfectly that I found this great event to attend. I surprised her with a date night and the first thing she did was cry. She was worried and apprehensive about people seeing her cry, until she saw others hurting/healing too. We loved it. You guys don’t understand how much you helped our family. We can breathe again. We know the future may still have ups and downs and setbacks…but now we have hope. Now we know we are not alone in this. Thank you for everything

-Parents of Baby J

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