Grieving Parents
2005 Retreat

Pavo, Georgia


butterfly (chou)

The retreat was held in February at the home of Karyl and Ronnie Beal. Parents from the United States and Canada arrived by car, plane and bus. A schedule that allowed for parents to get together as a whole group as well as in small groups was loosely followed. Lunch and dinner were catered, so sharing time was not interrupted by meal preparation. Everyone pitched in to clean up. A Peace Fire Ceremony including music and readings was held on Saturday night. Notes to our children were placed into the fire as their names were read and we focused our minds and hearts on each child.


Cherylann, Tissie, Janice, Karyl, Toni, Linda, Maureen, Lorna


"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief."   ~Albert Camus~



4:00 - 5:00 Crafts with Cherylann in the Butterfly Pavilion.
6:00 Assemble before supper outside of the Butterfly Pavilion. Let's get
acquainted and Remembrance Time.
6:30: Supper
7:30 - 9:00 Sharing Circles (Their Death)

Breakfast when you drag out of bed
10:00 - 11:30 Sharing Circles (Their Lives)
12:15 Assemble for lunch outside of the Butterfly Pavilion.
12:30 Lunch in the Butterfly Pavilion
1:30 - Group Photo behind the Butterfly Pavilion
2:00 - 3:00 Crafts Part 2 in the Butterfly Pavilion with Cherylann
4:00 - 5:30 Sharing Circle: How We Cope, Signs, Etc.
6:15 Assemble for Supper
6:30 Supper
7:30 Peace Fire, followed by sharing
of happy or funny memories

Breakfast when you drag out of bed.
Signing Retreat Booklets
12:30 Lunch
MAD Card Game
6:30 Supper

Ronnie made a new Peace Fire pit and Lorna built the fire.


Meals were in the Butterfly Pavilion. We each chose a place on a beam for our children.


We all participated in the ceremony.


Mikey's cheeseburger cake.


Adding letters to the fire.


Danny T's beam


Cherylann with the closing reading "I Am Alive"


Natural adornments such as flowers and pinecones were added to the letters tied around sticks.


GP Quilt ~ SO FAR!!!


Stars: Perhaps, they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours down through and shines upon us to let us know they are happy.      ~Inspired by Eskimo Legend

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