Participants, volunteers sought for summer grief retreat

February 8, 2018

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Participants, volunteers sought for summer grief retreat

If you’ve recently lost a loved one and are grieving, consider attending a grief retreat to be surrounded by supportive people who are going through the same thing.

Heart 2 Heart Retreat volunteers sang in the choir, as part of the healing activities.

Forty-seven people just recently benefited from the Heart 2 Heart Family Grief Retreat in Regina on Jan. 20. Participants, ranging in age from seven-years-old to 85, attended the one-day event for families who had loved ones in palliative care. They participated in a variety of activities, ranging from sharing circles, massage therapy, yoga, meditation circles (including an outside labyrinth) and creative art projects.

The day culminated with a memorial service with music provided by a choir made up of palliative care staff and volunteers. More than 40 volunteers helped make the day a success.

Deana Driver, one of the volunteers, wrote about the experience on her blog.

“There were many tears shed that day, but there was also much healing. I came home from the grief retreat completely exhausted, mentally, emotionally and physically. But I met some wonderful people – participants and volunteers that made the day good. I knew I had healed a bit more. That made the day great. And I knew I had helped others on their journey. That made the day amazing.”

To read the full blog post, click here

The third Heart 2 Heart Retreat is currently being planned for July. For more information, contact Marlene Jackson, Volunteer and Bereavement Co-ordinator, Palliative Care Services, for the Saskatchewan Health Authority at


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