(Page updated 2/10/17)
If you’re looking for a safe space to explore your grief, then you may find it helpful to come to one of the Living with Loss Retreats that I am leading.
These are gentle retreats for people of all ages who have suffered loss through bereavement. They are faith-based from a Christian perspective, but not theological. The goal is finding courage and hope as we continue our life’s journey.
The retreats are suitable for widows and widowers, bereaved parents and siblings, those who have lost parents or close family members, or those who have suffered multiple losses. Most retreats are small with a maximum of 6 – 12 participants.
If you are unsure whether a retreat like this is for you, then I invite you to contact me. I’ll be happy to call you back and tell you more about it and answer any specific questions you might have.
(So far all the retreats are in the UK although I am open to new venues elsewhere, if invited)
Download a printable PDF with list of Retreats 2017-2018
This course is recommended for those who have been bereaved for at least 6 months and are struggling with loss following bereavement.
Price: £270-£330 (some discounts available)
Lee Abbey is set on a 280 acre estate in Exmoor National Park on the West Devon coast. The estate includes woodlands, streams, fields, and a private beach.
THE BRIERY RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
17th-19th November 2017
WEEKEND RETREAT (Friday late afternoon-Sunday afternoon) in Ilkley, Yorkshire
Retreat led by Abi May, author “A Valley Journal” (www.avalleyjournal.co.uk)
Appropriately taking place in the month of Remembrance, this retreat is intended for those who have experienced bereavement, rather than those who would wish to understand and support the bereaved.
The Briery Retreat and Conference Centre is in a beautiful location in Ilkley, in the Yorkshire Moors.
Mon 19 Feb 2018 – Fri 23 Feb 2018
5 Day retreat in the East Midlands
Price: £385.00 – £405.00
Launde Abbey is a Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre in the East Midlands. Set in beautiful parkland of 450 acres on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland, the Abbey has 39 en-suite bedrooms which can accommodate up to 78 people; full conference facilities; comprehensive dining facilities; extensive cultivated gardens and a wonderful twelfth century Chapel (part of the original Augustinian priory).
Phone: 01572 717254
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE RETREATS
Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses. The aim of this supported retreat is to better equip us to deal with our life-changing loss. We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at practical and creative ways to cope with our life as it is now, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow.
The focus of our retreats is on making the best of our life in the present. We will have one or two led sessions every day. These will include explanations, reflection prompts, creative activities, discussions, times of reflection and prayer, and listening to music or inspirational readings.
Besides the led sessions, there will be plenty of time for personal reflection, handouts to work on individually, as well as the opportunity for participants to have individual prayer with retreat leaders if you wish. A selection of relevant books will be made available to read during the retreat.
The topics we will cover (depending on the duration of the retreat and the needs of the participants) include:
- Understanding grief, the physical, practical and emotional impact of loss, and a Christian perspective on grief.
- Living with loss, models of recovery, complicated grief, crises of faith, dealing with our emotions.
- Honouring the memories of our loved ones, reflective activities, digital legacy.
- Survival strategies for our life today, being kind to ourselves, getting through difficult times.
THE GREENHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Monday September 18 – Friday Sep 22, 2017
5 DAY RETREAT IN POOLE, DORSET