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. When grieving people may find themselves alternating between being completely overwhelmed by their loss 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.
We invite attendees to complete some questionnaires before and after their retreat experience – this helps us learn about the benefit of the weekend in more detail, and ensures we can carry on providing the best support possible.
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 retreat runs from Friday early evening to Sunday lunchtime 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…
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Quotes from Past Retreat Attendees
“I came in fear and dread but leave feeling uplifted, almost content with my lot in life and certainly in a better place.”
“Exceeded my expectations, negated my fears. It was wonderful to feel so supported and in exactly the right place.”
“The entire weekend was extremely helpful – not possible to pinpoint one element – it was the combination and ability to dip in and out that was helpful.”
“Very, very good indeed. Probably life-changing. Definitely life enhancing.”
“Just amazing and comforting. Thank you so much!”
“Really useful to hear of others’ experiences and learn different models of grief. Great sense of kindness/empathy and support.”
“At the moment I do feel a sense of peace and contentment. For me talking really helps and perhaps I’ve only just realised this.”
Click below to look through some photos from our weekend retreats