From the Bereaved Partners Support Group
On 18th – 20th October 2013 we ran our first loss and bereavement retreat for people who have lost loved ones to cancer. The aim of the weekend was to create a space for people to exchange thoughts, feelings and experiences with others who have shared a similar kind of loss, whether it be a friend, partner or relative.
Based in farm cottages in the beautiful countryside of Kent the weekend included group bereavement support sessions and opportunities for meditation and arts and crafts. Our support sessions were complimented with mindfulness and country walks to help people relax. We also taught people practical techniques to encourage compassion towards themselves during such a difficult time, and provided some tips for people who were struggling with day-to-day things, such as troubled sleep and lack of motivation.
On Saturday evening we lit individual Chinese lanterns as a symbol of our love and loss. Watching our lanterns fly into the moonlit sky was a beautiful and emotional experience.
The weekend provided a structured programme including plenty of free time. And we even managed to factor in some pool and table tennis!
Thank you to all who came along and made the retreat a special and nurturing place to be.
If you would be interested in attending a loss and bereavement retreat in 2014, please email us to let us know and we can provide some information nearer the time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org