A bit of news from our Living with Loss project.
With our next retreat at Lee Abbey just around the corner – and fully booked, I believe – I thought it would be worthwhile to mention the next 3 retreats, which are:
- 18-20 January 2019 – “Christians Bereaved by Suicide” weekend retreat at the Greenhouse Christian Centre, Poole, Dorset
- 18-22 February 2019 – “Living with Loss” week retreat at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire.
- 22-24 March 2019 – “Living with Loss” weekend retreat at the Briery in Ilkley, Yorkshire
There are still spaces at these events – find out more on the retreat page here
A little while back I attended a “Silver Workers” training at Staffordshire University and got a much better handle on how to use social media. As a result, the number of visitors to this blog has increased exponentially, and with it, lots more people are finding out about the retreats. All that to say, if you think you might like to attend a retreat, don’t wait too long to get in touch about booking, as I like to keep the events small and they are usually limited to 12 participants.
If you do miss the events in early 2019, there will be more retreats later in the year.
A Valley Journal
On a different subject, I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since “A Valley Journal” was published. The book began through my own desperation; I was writing and reflecting to cope. The disparate writings ended up taking shape, to the point I thought they could be useful for other people, and hence the book.
A really dear friend of mine who lost her sister to cancer last year was telling me how she’s been using it with her mother. The major thought behind the book was to provide reflection prompts, to help with journalling your own grief journey. I hadn’t really thought about people using it together, but I can see how that could be a good idea. Sometimes it helps to have something to prompt a conversation or a remembrance activity.
You can find out more about the book here
I have learned and experienced a lot since I first wrote “A Valley Journal”, and there is so much more I would say if I was working on it today, and some parts that I would say differently. So I am working on a second book about grief, that I hope to finish by 2020.