Reflect, Restore, Renew…

A residential weekend retreat for parents whose baby or child has died. 

Following the success of last year’s retreat, we are delighted to be supporting our next retreat on 6th and 7th October 2018

As bereaved parents ourselves we know that grief can be the hardest subject to talk about. Grief can be a very lonely and isolating journey and we benefited greatly from speaking to other bereaved parents. Since setting up Teddy’s Wish, we have been passionate about supporting a retreat to give bereaved parents the opportunity to have time away , to connect with their lost child and each other.

About the retreat:

This residential weekend retreat for bereaved parents is being held in the beautiful, natural setting of St Katharine’s Parmoor in Buckinghamshire, near Henley-on-Thames.  Parents are welcome to attend as couples or individually.  The weekend will start on Saturday morning, with parents arriving between 9.00 & 10.00 am and will finish on Sunday at 12 noon.  Other family members, including children, can then join us for a picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds.

It will be a time for bereaved parents to come together and relax in a place close to nature. This retreat is a place to share your child’s story and legacy.  Many of us fear losing our connection with our children who have died and we hope that by taking this time for yourself, you are able to connect with your baby or child in a meaningful way.  The weekend will provide an opportunity to reflect on how the experience of loss affects us, our relationships and our world.  There will be sessions covering mindfulness, meditation and gentle yoga as well as time for outdoor exercise.

The retreat is going to be run and facilitated by our wonderful patron and founder of Child Bereavement UK, Jenni Thomas and Nicki Whitworth, founder of SLOW (Surviving the loss of your world) 

It’s very important that all parents attending our retreat will feel comfortable in this environment and each other. As part of the registration process, Jenni or Nikki will be in touch with each person individually by phone and in person to make sure the retreat is right for you. 

Comments from parents attending last year:

“Meeting other bereaved parents has been an invaluable experience. Making the time to just be where I am and not feeling pressure to get into the ‘functioning me’ ”

“It’s always so beneficial spending time with other people on the ‘inside’ of this. Its Impossible or at least very difficult to understand without having experienced it, and so all other friends and family struggle to ‘get it’ but in this space it’s possible to be, without having to explain or to hide grief away because you don’t feel it would be understood”

“Within a short space of time, I felt at ease talking about my pain with people who had moments before been strangers”

All costs are funded by Teddy’s Wish but spaces are limited. If you are interested in attending or if you have any questions please email jennifer@teddyswish.org or info@jennithomas.com