Young Adults Retreat
Build connections with others, develop skills for coping, and make new memories while exploring nature’s beauty.
This fun and exciting annual retreat blends outdoor experiences in nature with facilitated conversations designed to build connections, skills, and insight to face grief and other life challenges. This free retreat is for children, step-children, and siblings, ages 18-25, whose firefighter has been honored or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
For a child or young adult, losing a parent changes life forever. It shakes the foundation and sense of safety that every child relies on, and it changes family dynamics. The Young Adults Retreat was designed to help young people gain knowledge and skills to understand and deal with grief and to build supports as they move forward into full independence.
Participants have an opportunity to meet other young people from across the country who have experienced the death of a firefighter parent or sibling. One of the most important elements of these events is simply bringing people together to share their stories with one another and to create networks of support.