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Respite Retreat

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A Safe Place
When You've Lost a Child

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David and Nancy are the hosts of Respite, a retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child. 8

Respite is a weekend for couples to spend unhurried time with other couples who understand the devastation of losing a child, to learn from each other, encourage each other, and discover with each other that you are not alone.


Respite is for couples with strong marriages, and for those whose marriages are struggling under the load of grief. It’s for those whose faith has grown through this loss, and for those who have lingering questions. It’s for those who want to talk about their experience and their child, and for those who are tired of talking. It’s for couples whose loss is fresh, and for those who’ve been walking down this road for a while.


What do you do at the retreat?

Wel share our stories with each other and pray for each other. We go for a walk in the woods, and sit in rockers on the wrap-around porch sipping coffee. Over the weekend we talk about:
~ coming to terms with lingering questions about God’s role in our loss
~ grieving together in a way that strengthens our marriages
~ helping our other children through grief when we’re grieving ourselves
~ dealing with fractured friendships and family relationships
~ allowing grief to release its grip on us
~ finding meaning and purpose in our loss, and joy in spite of our loss

Where is it held?

Respite Retreats are held at the Hiding Place, a beautiful 12-bedroom lodge that sits on a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River about 30 minutes northwest of Nashville in Henrietta, Tennessee. Surrounded by 75 acres of wooded property, it is serene, private, and comfortable. Each couple has a private room with a private bath and either a queen bed or two single beds.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $475 per couple which includes lodging for Friday and Saturday nights at The Hiding Place as well as meals and snacks from Friday night dinner through Sunday breakfast.

When is the next retreat with openings?

Our June retreat is now full and we are taking applications for the next retreat which will be Labor Day Weekend—August 29-31. Please send us a message if you are interested in receiving a registration application for the Labor Day weekend retreat.

We will be holding a Respite Retreat in the UK 6-8th May2014. Please send us a message if you are interested in receiving a registration application for the UK retreat.

How do we register?

Registration is limited to the first 11 couples who submit a $100 non-refundable deposit along with a complete registration application. If you would like information about future retreats, or to request an application, contact us.

Respite Retreat

Download this flyer to learn more and to share with your spouse or with a friend who might be interested in Respite (pdf download).

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