11.21.20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Rett’s Roost Heart-quarters – Ogunquit, ME
“Grief never ends – but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It’s the price of love.”
At this free one-day retreat you’ll not only meet other parents who understand exactly how you feel, but you’ll also feel comforted that the facilitators have truly “been there” too. Caryl Dow* and Deana Cavan are both bereaved parents that have been working with families grieving a child for 15 and 5 years, respectively.
At this gathering of hearts, you’ll be asked to work really hard at finding and bringing forth your feelings, the really raw ones that hide down deep. You’ll be asked to bear witness to stories of other grieving parents you’re just meeting for the first time, who might become new friends. Maybe you’ll try something new–like yoga, breathwork, devotional practices, or sound therapy–that could transform your healing. You’ll learn how important you are to not only your own survival and health, but to the survival and healthy lives of those you love. You’ll learn coping skills for those unsupportive relatives, friends, or co-workers that don’t understand and say the wrong things. And you’ll create some beautiful keep-sakes to remind you of your work when you leave.
Rett’s Roost staff will be providing a delicious lunch, drinks, and healthy snacks. At this time, the April retreat will be for parents that lost a child between 5-18. The November retreat will be for parents that lost a child under 5. This may change depending on our applicants. If you can only make one of the two retreats and it’s not the right age group, please apply anyway. Travel scholarships are not available for this retreat, as we aim to support more local families.
We look forward to sharing our grief work with you.
*Learn more about Caryl’s work at Good Grief Parents.
Get in touch for more details or to volunteer for this retreat!