Social Events & Retreats

We run social events and retreats to help people cope with their loss and make connections with others who have experienced something similar.
To read about these click on the link below.

Social events  | Weekend retreats


Social events

Here at The Loss Foundation we have been running support groups for people bereaved by cancer since early 2011.

We have learned a lot about bereavement, and one thing we have learned above all others is that bereavement is a very personal experience; as much as some people may have similar experiences, how somebody responds and reacts is a personal thing. Often we do not choose to respond the way we do, it just happens.

Despite the similarities and differences between peoples’ experiences of bereavement, we have had repeated feedback from our members that meeting others who have experienced something similar is a really helpful activity. Our main platform for this has been through providing bereavement support groups. However, we have grown to provide a variety of other supportive services. In October 2013 we ran our first bereavement weekend retreat, which attendees found hugely beneficial. The feedback from the attendees was that being able to talk to others informally, over a longer period of time, and within a social context was a very helpful experience.

Based on your feedback, we have introduced monthly social gatherings since February 2014. The social gatherings are for anybody experiencing bereavement who would like to meet up with others who have experienced something similar. As of March 2015 the coffee morning socials became inclusive for all types of bereavement, not just people who have lost loved ones to cancer. We have expanded our remit for the social gatherings as we get contacted by lots of people in need of support, and it is against our ethos to turn people away in their time of need.

The social gatherings are informal. A few of our team members will be there to chat to you and are always happy to answer any questions you have. However, in the same way as our support groups – the space is there for you to use it as you need. Maybe you just want to come along for a coffee and not speak about bereavement – that is welcome too.


The format of the social gatherings may change over time based on your feedback – it is important to us that our services continuously evolve to meet your needs. They will also change according to the weather – if it is sunny we will aim to be outdoors.

If you have any suggestions please get in touch with us via our Contact page.


Retreats (back to social events)

Our next retreat will now be held in November 2017.


What is the Time After Loss Bereavement Retreat?

The bereavement retreat is for anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer, whether it be a friend, partner or relative. The aim of the retreat is to create a space for people to exchange thoughts, feelings and experiences with others who have shared a similar kind of loss. Often in grief people alternate between feeling overwhelmed and trying to adapt to their new life without their loved one. Our retreat will cater for your needs regardless of where you are in your bereavement process.

What will the retreat include?

Based in farm cottages in the beautiful countryside of Kent the weekend will include group support sessions and opportunities for one-to-one support. Our group sessions will be complimented with mindfulness and country walks to help you relax. We will also teach attendees practical techniques to encourage compassion towards themselves during difficult times, and we will provide tips for people who are struggling with day-to-day things, such as troubled sleep and lack of motivation. There is also a games room with snooker and table-tennis, should you want some time doing something playful. The weekend will provide a structured programme including plenty of free time for you, and all sessions and activities are optional.

The retreats tend to run from Friday evening (5pm) to Sunday lunchtime (2pm) and is inclusive of meals and snacks provided by our brilliant in-house chef. Whilst there will be a fixed menu, the chef can rustle up pretty much anything you feel like.  A home from home…

If you are interested in being kept up to date with our retreat support please sign up to our email newsletter on our Contact page.


Bereavement Weekend Retreats

We ran our first loss and bereavement retreat for people who have lost loved ones to cancer in October 2013. 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.

The weekend was an extension of the support we provide in our support groups, and we learned from the feedback that it was a very beneficial experience for those that attended. Based on the demand for the retreats, we have continued to run them!

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What happens at a Retreat?

Based in farm cottages in the beautiful countryside of Kent the weekends include group bereavement support sessions and opportunities for meditation and arts and crafts. Our support sessions are complimented with mindfulness and country walks to help people relax. We also teach people practical techniques to encourage compassion towards themselves during such a difficult time, and provide some tips for people who are struggling with day-to-day things, such as troubled sleep and lack of motivation.

Some images of our lovely time away at our retreat in Mocketts Farm, November 2015

Some images of our lovely time away at our retreat in Mocketts Farm, May 2015

Some images of our lovely time away at our retreat in Mocketts Farm, 2014

Sunset over the pond outside of our retreat cottages. A great place to sit with a cuppa whilst the sun rises and sets

Sunset over the pond outside of our retreat cottages. A great place to sit with a cuppa whilst the sun rises and sets

 

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The sun setting over the fields that surround our retreat cottages. Just gorgeous!

 

One of the beautiful cottages at our retreat, with a beautiful exterior and the cosiest of interiors

One of the beautiful cottages at our retreat, with a beautiful exterior and the cosiest of interiors

   

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Some of our lovely team members giving us a wave at our most recent retreat



The weekends provide a structured programme of support that includes plenty of free time for you.

To find out more about our Retreat location, take a Tour of Mocketts Farm and the surrounding area of the bereavement retreat venue.


If you have any questions regarding the retreat you can get in touch with us at the following email address erin@thelossfoundation.org