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Grief is Love – A Day Retreat

4.25.20 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Our April Retreat will NOW be ONLINE!

In keeping with the guidelines set by our state and local authorities, sadly we must CHANGE our April 25th Grief is Love Retreat. We are pleased to be able to offer this as a FREE on-line forum held via ZOOM.  The format of the workshop will be about 2 1/2 hours in length, from 9:30am-12pm and will give you an opportunity to share your child’s story and learn about your grief in the same loving supportive community. Please contact if you are interested in joining this educational support group online, or simply fill out the application below. This will still be for parents that lost a child between the ages of 5-18.


11.21.20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

November Retreat – Rett’s Roost – Ogunquit, ME

At this free one-day retreat for parents that lost a child under 5 years old, 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, breath-work, 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. The November retreat will be for parents that lost a child under 5. This may change depending on our applicants. If your child was older, 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.


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“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.”