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.

Retreats presented by A Memory Grows connects 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 depending on focus of the retreat.)

Arrive after 4:00
Introductions, Tour and Dinner at 6:00
After Dinner Activity

Mom/Dad Separate Activity
Afternoon Group Outing/Activity
Painting With Your Heart

Legacy Activity
Group Counseling Session focused on Grief and Relationships
Free Night

Closing Group Ritual
Checkout before lunch time

Available Retreat Dates


We now have upcoming virtual groups. Please visit our Community and Support page for more information.

September 9 – 12 Suicide Loss Retreat

November 4 – 7, Older Child Loss Retreat is now full

November 11-13 Sudden Loss Retreat

You can email to be added to a wait list.


The Retreats have a non-refundable cost of a $200 registration fee for Infant, Older Child and Adult Loss retreats with a $250 registration fee for Suicide and Homicide Loss retreats.

This cost includes all lodging with beautiful accommodations at a 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.


A Memory Grows Retreats will be held at the beautiful Iron Horse Inn in historic Granbury, Texas.  The Inn is located a short 45-50 minute drive from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

All rooms include beautiful accommodations and private baths.

The Inn is located within a few feet of a beautiful walking trail with a manicured path throughout the town, gorgeous flowers, beautiful fountains, water features and park benches that provides a very sacred space for reflection.