August 3, 2017 – August 5, 2017, All Day
BWI Airport Marriott – 1743 W Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD
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Space is Limited – Please register by July 10, 2017
Registration will automatically reserve your room. Space is limited, and registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed after the Retreat.
When a parent or sibling dies, the relationship doesn’t end. As the survivor continues to live, the bonds and connections continue. This retreat will focus on those continuing bonds and how we can carry the best of that relationship and that person forward with us, even as we grieve the loss. You will have the opportunity to meet and share with other young people who have had similar experiences. We will also include some practical “adulting” skills and some time for fun.
This retreat will feature Baltimore-based mental health professionals Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, founders and co-authors of the What’s Your Grief website. Eleanor and Litsa have over 10 years of experience in grief and bereavement, and both experienced the early death of a parent. They created What’s Your Grief in response to the lack of resources and support they encountered during their own experience of loss. The organization’s mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
“The friends I have met this weekend, along with the skills I’ve learned and memories I’ve made are, and will continue to be, essential and wonderful for the rest of my life.”
“This event showed me that I am not alone in my grief.”
“Thank you for the great weekend. I had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and made new friends.”
This retreat is provided free of charge to eligible survivors. In addition, the Foundation will reimburse up to $300 of travel expenses and provide lodging for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore; meals are included. You will arrive at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) or the BWI Airport Amtrak station, and there is a shuttle from the airport to the hotel. If you drive, there is free parking at the hotel.
For more information, please contact Beverly Donlon at 301-447-1603 or [email protected].
Thursday, August 3
Friday, August 4
Grief Session: Continuing Bonds
This will be an interactive and collaborative session about the bonds and connections that continue after someone dies, as well as how grief becomes part of our story through significant life events.
This group is an opportunity to talk more in depth about experiences with grief and loss and the continuing relationship with and influence of the person who died.
Saturday, August 5
Creativity/Technology Session: Creating a Digital Hope Box
The focus of this session will be turning your digital device into a support tool for difficult days. Whether you are dealing with grief or just the stress of life, you can create a tool to help you find peace of mind and reminders of all that is good in your life. Please bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop for this session.
Field Trip: Terrapin Adventures
Dress comfortably, and be ready to have some fun outdoors. These games and exercises are about communication, developing relationships, and challenging anxieties and fears.