Locations and Dates for 2019:
Poconos, Pennsylvania – Spring 2019 Registration coming FALL 2018
- Contact Toni.Arnold@haydensheart.org
- Contact Julie.Skinner@haydensheart.org
“Anchored” is designed for families to come together and be fully present with each other while including and feeling the presence of their angel. Life doesn’t always offer that time, to be fully immersed with our families, to allow space for our lost child, and to give uninterrupted moments to do this. We believe that our families are strong, yet the day to day interruptions and necessities don’t always allow us to be anchored into what is most important… our family. Our hope with this retreat is that families will have a chance to come together and spend quality time with their own family members, to meet and connect with other families who are on a similar grief journey, and to have time to reflect on their own loss, which will be unique to each member of each family.
This retreat does have some structure, but there will time given to just be with your family and take that much needed time to reconnect, talk about and include your missing family member, and be present once again.
We realize that men, women and children all grieve very differently, and that will be respected and accepted. Our hope is you will leave this retreat once again feeling anchored into your family.
What to Expect:
Whole group and small group discussions/activities: Being with other bereaved families is something most of us find so rare, yet incredibly comforting and powerful. During the retreat, you will have an opportunity to participate in several whole group and small group discussions/activities. Topics and activities will be determined based on the needs of the families and ages in attendance.
Independent time with families: Much needed time will be given for families to spend with each other.
Personal Reflection: Take in some moments during the retreat for personal reflection and remembrance of your child and your journey, as we believe this independent time is an essential part of the healing process.
Sharing Our Angels: As grieving parents we can often feel alienated from the rest of the world. For most of us, we rarely get the chance to talk about our children with the outside world as well as with our children. Use this weekend as a platform to talk to and about them- sharing as much or as little of your journey as you feel comfortable and allowing time for your children to share their experiences as well. We will say their names, and we will honor and remember them- all while having much needed fun family time.
- The 2019 family retreat has a limited space for 6 bereaved families.
- Each family total cost is $750.00
Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Once you send in your application and 50% deposit ($375), your spot will be secured. (please see above under locations and dates to apply. Payment instructions are listed below.)
Families will stay in a private room with shared bathrooms. Your stay includes all family friendly meals and snacks during the retreat starting with dinner on Friday evening to lunch before closing ceremonies on Sunday, and every meal and snack in between.
All activities are included in your stay. No additional costs will arise once your payment has been made in full. (This does NOT include travel expenses)
There are three options for payment - please note which retreat you are attending on payment.
- Via PayPal (processed through to friends and family to avoid processing fees) to email@example.com
- Venmo - @haydensheart
- Mail check to:
Hayden’s Heart | 118 Bathurst Ave | North Arlington, NJ 07031
Extend your family time and visit local family friendly attractions in the area, including:
- Great Wolf Lodge:
- Kalahari Resort:
- Tannersville Outlets: