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Grief Weekends

Grief Retreat Weekend

Grief has been described as: "an emotion that heals itself" or "the process that allows us to let go of that which was and be ready for that which is to come..." But for those of us who have experienced the death of someone we love by murder, the trauma experienced lasts a lifetime.

Nothing in life could possibly prepare families for such a tragedy. Murder destroys more than "just" the life of another human being. For survivors, it disrupts all previous life patterns; thoughts, feelings and beliefs as-well-as any hopes or dreams for the future.

This intensive self-help weekend has been specially designed for survivors of homicide victims. Beneath the explosive emotions of anger, hate and revenge lie the more primary feelings of pain, hopelessness, frustration, fear and helplessness. Unresolved, these emotions can cause survivors to feel as though they're losing their minds; alienation from family and friends who can't or won't imagine the impact of such a loss, thus leaving survivors alone with their grief or discouraged from grieving at all.

A weekend of hope and healing: An integral part of this intense self-help weekend will be an examination of love, tenderness and affection, along with relaxation techniques, compassion for oneself, meditation and the encouragement to move forward.

This weekend will place emphasis on: permission to uncover, experience, and feel within a safe environment and to share with others who truly understand; time to help survivors examine their relationship with the deceased, the effects of the murder, feelings about one's self; living with others and yet surviving alone. This weekend has been designed to influence the reconstruction of a "new life." A life that has a renewed sense of purpose.


The Courage to Grieve: A Weekend of Hope and HealingSM begins with Friday night dinner and ends Sunday at noon. This retreat is held twice annually, spring and fall (October) It is held at a 9 bedroom cabin owned by Roger and Carol Fornoff whose 13-year-old daughter Christy was murdered in 1985 and they founded the cabin specifically for retreats. The cost of the weekend is $125 per person and includes board and home-style cooked meals. Scholarships are available.

For more information and flyer regarding this retreat, please call Beckie Miller (602) 254-8818 or e-mail beckierose@aol.com

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