Participants, volunteers sought for summer grief retreat

February 8, 2018

e-link is an online, weekly newsletter for Regina and area employees, physicians and volunteers of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

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


More in
Advance Care Planning. Learn More.

Don’t take risks, plan and create an Advance Care Plan (Living Will)

Advance Care Planning