Living with Loss Retreats

Living with Loss Retreats offer a space space to explore and cope with grief. They are based on a Christian perspective, but this is gentle and not theological.

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses. The aim of our supported retreats is to equip us to deal with our life-changing loss. We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at practical and creative ways to cope with our life as it is now, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow.

The focus of our retreats is on making the best of our life in the present. We will have one or two led sessions every day. These will include explanations, reflection prompts, creative activities, discussions, times of reflection and prayer, and listening to music or inspirational readings.

Besides the led sessions, there will be plenty of time for personal reflection, handouts to work on individually, as well as the opportunity for participants to have individual prayer with retreat leaders if you wish. A selection of relevant books will be made available to read during the retreat.

The topics we will cover (depending on the duration of the retreat) include:

  • Understanding grief, the physical and emotional impact of loss, and a Christian perspective on grief.
  • Living with loss, models of recovery, complicated grief, crises of faith, dealing with our emotions.
  • Honouring the memories of our loved ones, reflective activities, digital legacy.
  • Survival strategies for our life today, being kind to ourselves, getting through difficult times.