Bereaved by suicide – a supported retreat

Feedback from a participant at a previous retreat: “A very special time. … I have been looking forward to this retreat and I have not been disappointed. … I felt I could place myself in your hands and see a way forward to navigate the rest of our life without (our son).”

Christians Bereaved by Suicide – a Living with Loss Retreat  

9-11 September 2022 at Penhurst Retreat Centre, West Sussex

Life can be a struggle following the loss of a loved one or friend, and it is widely acknowledged that death by suicide can be one of the most difficult bereavements to cope with. This can be as true for a Christian as for anyone else.

Loss in this way is so sudden; your life changes dramatically from one moment to the next. There is so much left unsaid and undone; there is so much room for “what if’s” and “if only’s” and self-questioning.

This Living with Loss supportive retreat is for those who are grieving the loss of a family member, partner or close friend as a result of suicide. This may have been a long time ago or it may have been recent.

During the retreat we will look at loss and grief from a gentle Christian perspective, acknowledging with sensitivity the mixture of feelings and questions that we may be facing, our relationship through memory with our loved one, and exploring how to find a way forward in the changed circumstances of our lives.

The weekend will have a varied programme, with all activities optional and confidential, including led sessions, time for quiet reflection, creative activities and moderated discussions.

The retreat will be small, with a maximum of 9 participants.

A FEW NOTES:

This retreat is for adults, aged 21 and over.

Living with Loss retreats are open to those of any faith or none, although you should be aware that there is Christian content in the programme.

Suicide is a sensitive and complex subject. We will not have open discussions related to actual details of suicide.

The retreat leaders will be available for individual prayer.

BOOKING AND DETAILS

  • Friday 9th September, 15:00 – Sunday 11th September, 14:00
  • Residential Price: £ 255.00 per person
  • Non-Residential Price: £ 155.00 per person

It may be possible to bring a companion, a close friend or family member.

To find out more about booking, please contact Penhurst Retreat Centre.

To find out more about the content of the retreat itself, please get in touch with Abi (contact)

A short perspective on suicide: https://avalleyjournal.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/bereaved-by-suicide/

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS AT OTHER “LIVING WITH LOSS” RETREATS

It is natural to feel nervous before attending a retreat on such personal topics. Please be assured that your privacy will be respected, and all activities are voluntary. If you’d rather step out of the room or skip a session, that is entirely your choice. Perhaps the following comments from previous participants might encourage you:

“I thought Abi led the sessions with sensitivity and compassion. It was obvious she had ‘been there’. I liked how she shared her story.” (Note: Abi, who is leading the retreat, is personally bereaved by suicide)

“The sessions were well researched, delivered and well-paced.”

“Handouts were very helpful, information given too, as one can only take in so much at the time and it was good to have practical things to do. … There was a good atmosphere throughout – confidentiality respected, opinions valued, everyone was accepted. I was grateful for an opportunity to be prayed for.”

“I had no idea, really, what to expect this week. I am returning home feeling assured that I will survive and continue to take ‘small steps’ on my journey.”

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