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6.14.20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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6.28.20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

NEW! June Retreat – ONLINE

In keeping with the guidelines set by our state and local authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make our retreats virtual through at least June. In April we hosted 8 bereaved parents on Zoom for two sessions. The first was principally for parents to share the stories of their child that died. The second, shorter meeting included discussions on Coping with Others during grief and Self-Love Tools to use to ease grief. We were so pleased with how this worked out that we’ve decided to offer it again in June. The first meeting will be on June 14th from 9am-12pm, and the second will take place on June 28th from 9am-10:30am. Please contact if you are interested in joining this educational support group online, or simply fill out the application below. In June we will be opening this up to those that lost a child 18 or under to any cause. Thanks to Carly Dow from Good Grief Parents for being an amazing co-leader!


11.21.20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

November Retreat – Rett’s Roost – Ogunquit, ME

At this free in-person (hopefully) one-day retreat for parents that lost a child under 10 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.

We look forward to sharing our grief work with you.



Get in touch for more details or to volunteer for this retreat!


“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.”

The health and well-being of our families and retreat supporters is our top priority. We will continue to evaluate and address our response plan to this rapidly changing situation weekly. We are currently offering multiple virtual healing modalities that support our families and our therapists during this time of social distancing. Thank you for your understanding and support.    COVID-19 Updates Virtual Offerings