Grief Retreats

Grief hurts…

Richmond Hill is committed to the spiritual healing and transformation of metropolitan Richmond. Change of this magnitude happens at a personal level, and often individual growth comes with pain experienced from loss. Richmond Hill, partnered with Dr. Sandra Gramling, now offers an array of programs to help one cope with grief.

Grief is a natural consequence which follows loss. There are many ways we suffer loss: loss of job, divorce, loss of a life-long dream, the death of someone close. Losses like these can leave us awash in painful emotions, confusing and conflicting thoughts, and facing difficult new tasks of daily living. Bereavement often leaves our sense of self and purpose strained and sometimes shattered.

Our grief support groups offer a safe haven to share experiences and learn from others’ experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.

Drop-In Grief Support Group

For those who want the opportunity to share experiences and obtain support from others who are experiencing a loss in a flexible group format. Each group begins with an informative 15 minute overview of a grief related topic. Discussion and reflection on the impact of loss, coping, meaning-making etc follows the brief presentation.

These groups meet on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

For the 2016 year these dates are: Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 26, Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 18*, Dec 9*

* (Nov and Dec fall on different dates due to holidays).

Creating Pathways through Grief Day Retreats

The expressive arts have long been helpful in processing our grief.  It is often restorative to bypass the intellect and work with our hands and heart. We can express our grief and find new insights about our journey.

People are often amazed by what unfolds from their creative efforts. The retreat also includes an opportunity to share what has been created with other retreatants. Other expressive art opportunities will also be available including a dream work exercise, a choice of various writing exercises and an art for “stuck points” in the grief journey exercise.

Activities may include:

• Small Group Discussion

• Collage (Vision Board)

• Writing (various exercises)

• Create a Mandala

Creating Pathways through Grief  Day Retreat Dates

Saturday, Feb 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

24-Hour Healing Grief Retreats

Various healing ministries will be available and may include healing prayer, massage, expressive arts as well as physical activities (e.g., nature walks, working God’s good earth), for retreatants to participate in at their own pace. Facilitator-led presentations on coping with bereavement and small group opportunities for sharing reflections and personal experiences will be led by experienced facilitators.

When Dreams Die: Saturday, March 19, 4:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 20, 4:00 p.m.

Navigating the Landscape of Grief: Saturday October 8, 4:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 9, 4:00 p.m.