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.
This Older Child Loss Retreat will connect parents who have experienced similar losses in the sense that their child between the ages of 1-18. In the time shared during the retreats our children are celebrated and the relationship that we continue to share with them is nourished. Time is also intentionally set aside for rest, relaxation and reflection.
Parents are free to choose as many activities to participate in or as few. We understand that sometimes the time away is simply what is needed. A Licensed Professional Counselor will be leading a group session on grief that is highly encouraged for all parents to participate in.
The $200 non-refundable cost includes all lodging with beautiful accommodations at the Iron Horse Inn Bed & Breakfast, programming costs(includes all materials for remembrance activities, rituals, and Licensed Professional Counselor) as well as 7 meals. The only thing that is not covered is the cost of whatever the parent/s decide to do during the free night.
Due to a generous grant a large part of the retreat cost is being underwritten.
This retreat is dedicated to the life and legacy of Nathaniel Henry Lin. Nathan was a smart, funny, joyful, loving, faithful, goofy little boy who was filled with enthusiasm and spirit- especially when cheering on his TCU Horned Frogs or Texas Rangers! Nathan loved Star Wars; Legos; chess; Pokémon; Hotwheels; dancing like a ninja; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; drawing; all things chocolate and Chick Fila. His Kindergarten teacher said he was the most “spiritual” child she had ever taught and his strong, unwavering faith helped guide our family on the difficult journey we faced after his diagnosis. In many ways, Nathan was incredibly wise and insightful, but also saw the world through the innocent eyes of a child. When he was 7 years old, he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor for which there is no cure and limited treatment options. He underwent surgery, a course radiation and a clinical trial of chemotherapy. His courageous battle lasted for 10 months. He died at home in his mother’s arms, surrounded by his family on June 3, 2016. Nathan is forever 8 years old, but the “ripple” of his short but significant life continues to touch and enrich the lives of his family, friends and others who have learned his story.
Nathan’s mother Cathy has been involved with A Memory Grows from its inception and has moved into a leadership role within the organization. Nathan’s parents both attended the very first Older Child Loss Retreat. Cathy says, “A Memory Grows has been a lifeline in the journey we have been forced to walk since Nathan’s death. It has given me a safe place to grieve, share, find fellowship and support and to learn how to continue to parent a child who has run ahead to heaven.”
Please use the Donate button below (plus $5.00 processing fee) or send a check for the $200.00 to pay the non-refundable retreat fee after completing your reservation form to hold your spot.
Checks can be mailed to
A Memory Grows
P.O. Box 34282
Fort Worth, TX 76162
Schedule (Subject to change)
Thursday: Arrive after 4:00 – Introductions, Tour and Dinner at 6:00 – After Dinner Activity
Friday: Breakfast – Mom/Dad Separate Activity – Lunch – Afternoon Group Outing/Activity – Dinner – Painting With Your Heart – Cookout/Smores
Saturday: Breakfast – Legacy Activity – Lunch – Group Counseling Session focused on Grief and Relationships – Free Night
Sunday: Breakfast – Closing Group Ritual – Checkout before lunch time