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Retreat from Grief

Retreat from Grief

It's hard to heal when you’re also trying to do a million other things that are a part of day-to-day life. The chance to focus solely on your feelings and forget the rest of the world is a real blessing, and hard to achieve.

A grief retreat just might be the answer.

For widow Sherrie Smart, a weekend retreat with other people mourning the loss of a loved one was just the step she needed to take in the path to healing. Although she was hesitant to go—talking to people is often the hardest thing to do when grieving—she left the experience feeling stronger and more uplifted.

Grief retreats also may help equip children with the emotional tools they need to understand and heal after a loss. The sharing of stories and feelings is an invaluable tool to help both children and adults feel that they’re not alone in their sadness.

A good way to find available retreats in your area is through your local hospice center.

If you have ever been on a grief retreat, share your experience with us now. Was it beneficial?

Posted: 5/14/08