A weekend retreat for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling or friend.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Mo-Ranch and Faith & Grief Ministries are combining their respective gifts to make this retreat available, providing you a safe venue to wrestle with the dynamics of grief and to experience significant measures of hope and encouragement. Whether you are standing in raw grief, navigating the chaos of grief’s confusion, or recovering from a recent ambush of grief this retreat is designed for you. Plan to experience comfort through scripture, spiritual practices, and interaction within a compassionate community of men and women who “get it”—get the heartache, get the lingering sorrow, get the continual yearning to be with your loved one and get the longing for peace.
Reflections from prior workshop participants:
“It gave me a place to share, learn, and help others. It was a safe place to cry, laugh, make a joke or silently sit without fear of judgment. I learned very quickly that if I was going to survive this journey, not of my choosing, I needed to accept all the help God put in front of me.”
“I cannot put my finger on it but it helped me SO much. I feel like my burden of grief has been lifted and lessened. It was grueling and wonderful. It was actually kind of miraculous!”
Comfort and Hope is funded in part by a gift to Faith & Grief Ministries from Alice & David Court in memory of their son, Brendan David Court.
Faith & Grief Ministries provides resources for on-going comfort to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. This Ministry of Compassion and Connection was founded by Sharon Balch, Wendy Fenn, MDiv., and Fran Shelton, DMin., and was established as a 501(c)3 in 2011. In addition to facilitating grief workshops, the ministry provides a distinctive, ongoing, adaptable model for caring organization to offer to persons in the process of grief and mourning. www.faithandgrief.org
Fran Shelton serves as a spiritual director after serving PCUSA congregations for two decades in PC (USA) congregations. Her doctoral project at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary was “Blessed are Those Who Mourn: Offering Comfort Through Worship and Theological Reflection.”
Double hotel room occupancy: $275
Single hotel room occupancy: $390
Commuter rate: $140 (excludes housing at Mo-Ranch, includes tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat)
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Arrival and Departure
Conference registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and the conference concludes before lunch on Sunday.
What to Bring
Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.