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.
2017 Retreat Leadership Team
Additional leadership, coming soon!
Sue Endsley – Sue is a bereaved parent and leader for The Compassionate Friends – Texas Hill Country Chapter.
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 two nights of lodging, five meals and retreat tuition (for supplies and instructors).
$290 per person
$105 for commuter (commuter rate includes retreat tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat; excludes breakfast and lodging)
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 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) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Directions to Mo.