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 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.
Schedule (Subject to change)
Thursday: Arrive after 3:00 – Introductions, Tour and Dinner at 6:00 – After Dinner Activity
Friday: Breakfast – Mom/Dad Separate Activity – Lunch – Optional Activities that will be prescheduled – Dinner – Cookout/Smores – After Dinner Activity
Saturday: Breakfast – Painting with your Heart Activity – Lunch – Group Counseling Session focused on Grief and Relationships – Free Night
Sunday: Breakfast – Closing Group Ritual – Checkout before lunch time