A Safe Place: Retreat for Bereaved Parents

November 11-13, 2016


At A Safe Place, bereaved parents find a place to share their grief with others who have experienced the death of their child. The retreat is facilitated by other bereaved parents, professional counselors and ministers.

The retreat includes time for group conversations on particular topics such as handling the reactions of others to your loss, strengthening a marriage in the midst of loss, where is God in the loss of a child?, grief within the extended family, celebrating the life of the one lost.

The main goal is to provide a safe, spiritual environment where bereaved parents are able to share their grief and find hope and healing.

A past participant, Ruth Hinson, spoke of her experience at A Safe Place in this way:

“The spiritual and emotional encouragement of A Safe Place helped me to realize that I can make it through the pain of losing our daughter. I didn’t know what to expect when we arrived. Would I run sobbing into our room when faced with talking about our daughter’s death? No, not at all. Others comforted me as we cried together. And it’s OK to cry together. Seeking help through A Safe Place helped me find comfort and to understand that I can live through it. Just take it one step at a time.”

Register now, space is limited.

2016 Retreat Leadership Team


Rev. Carl McCormack – Carl is a bereaved parent and the interim pastor at First Presbyterian Graham.



peggy-sweeneyPeggy SweeneyPeggy is a graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College (Nashville, TN), a mortician, and bereavement educator. Since 1990, Peggy has written numerous programs and taught countless workshops on coping with loss and grief for families and professionals and is experienced in both group and individual bereavement education. Her many program offerings include: How to Understand Grief Seminars (the HUGS program), Children Healing After Trauma, Grief and the Chemically Dependent, When a Child Dies, Surviving the Holidays, and Grief Visits the Classroom.

Ed & Nancy Wallace – Ed and Nancy are both bereaved parents. Ed is a member and former elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville.

sue-endsleySue Endsley – Sue is a bereaved parent and leader for The Compassionate Friends – Texas Hill Country Chapter.






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Participants are housed in Manor House. Manor House, styled after an early Spanish mansion, was the original ranch owner’s home, featuring a large living room with fireplace. It’s ideal for large groups and offers wonderful places for conversations and fellowship. Costs include 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, and tuition (for supplies and instructors).

$200 per person
$375 per couple

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A deposit must accompany your registration. The balance of all fees will be due 10 days prior to the start of the event or upon registration if within 10 days. Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 10 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 60 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival and Check-In

Please plan to arrive between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the day your conference begins. Programs begin with Dinner at 6 p.m.

What to Bring

Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain, casual clothing, a swimsuit and river shoes to enjoy the river. Bring a light jacket/sweater, flashlight, insect repellent, Bible, notebook, tennis racket and camera.


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) 329-2360 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. (Directions to Mo)

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