Hope and Healing for the Spousal Loss Survivor
July 10 - July 12
This weekend retreat for spousal loss survivors will introduce a full range of ancient and contemporary forms of healing which link the resources of the Christian faith with the best of the behavioral sciences and expressive arts in addressing body-mind-spirit healing: the power of ‘restorative retelling’ – sharing our loss experiences within small groups to facilitate emotional release, insight, and the formation of enduring bonds with fellow survivors; access to information on loss and survivorship; exposure to methods which facilitate healthy coping and mourning; and access to a variety of rejuvenating spiritual practices. This retreat is geared toward female and male spousal loss survivors ages thirty-five to sixty-five – persons of working age or recently retired. (Survivors contending with post-traumatic stress, clinical depression, and other psychiatric conditions are asked to contact the facilitator to determine whether retreat participation would be helpful. The Retreat Center can provide contact information.)
Retreat Director: Rev. Stephen Sweatt, M.Div., M.Ed., LPC
Cost: Private room $255
Rev. Sweatt is Clinical Director of Community Grief Support in Birmingham, AL. An ordained Baptist minister, he has extensive training and experience in bereavement counseling, chaplaincy, pastoral care, and crisis counseling. Jan Owen of Community Grief Support in Birmingham will co-lead the retreat.