Struggling with grief? Come to a retreat!

“I couldn’t really say what was best because there was so much variety. A very well balanced course. The lovely friendly atmosphere, everyone clicked. I found everything so uplifting, even the sad times. We all laughed and cried, comforted and felt the love in the room, and that came from you and John… You both have warmth, humour and love, and you put that into your teachings. I have come away feeling so much stronger …”

That’s what one participant at our recent Living with Loss retreat wrote in her feedback. Someone else wrote,

“Talking to other participants was enlightening… knowing that my grief wasn’t unusual.”

If the death of a loved one has left you feeling lost, alone or struggling to find a way forward, then taking part in a Living with Loss retreat might just help.

The retreats are open to anyone age 21 and over, no matter how long ago you were bereaved, and no matter the circumstances. There will be anywhere from 8 to 18 people in the room. Some will have been bereaved of their spouse, others of their child, others of other close family members or friends. Some will have suffered multiple losses. The event is led and organised by myself (Abi), along with a support team including my husband John.

The led sessions include discussions and personal reflection. We do some craft activities. There’s time to rest, walk and enjoy the surroundings. There are short meditations and some gentle Christian content. We have a candle-lighting ‘hope, love and memory’ service which is a highlight of our time together for many people. And there is plenty of time to chat over tea, coffee and our meals. Everything is optional – you don’t have to join in if you’d rather not.

Here is our programme for 2022

Living with Loss retreats – Part 1 

  • 9 – 11 September 2022 – “Bereaved by Suicide” Living with Loss weekend at Penhurst Retreat Centre
  • 16 – 18 September 2022 – “Coping with Grief” Living with Loss weekend at Penhurst Retreat Centre
  • 14 – 18 November 2022  –  “Living with Loss” week retreat (Monday-Friday) at Lee Abbey, Devon (in the Beacon Centre).  

Here’s the draft programme for a previous retreat so you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

Living with Loss follow on events 

These events are only for those who have already attended a Living with Loss retreat. We look at different aspects of grief and have lots of opportunities to continue building friendships.

  • 9-13 June 2022:  Living with Loss Pilgrimage (walking) week in Durham 
  • 17-20 October 2022: Living with Loss ‘Gathering’ retreat at Cloverley Hall, Shropshire.
  • 24-28 July 2023 : Living with Loss Part 2 at Lee Abbey, Devon.

Read more about Living with Loss retreats

“I came away feeling so much stronger.”

Retreat participant

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