Bereaved Mom Retreat

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Westover Church

GriefHope To You Greensboro

Biblical Hope and Support for Bereaved Moms

Time & Location

24-jun 17:30 – 25-jun 16:15

Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27410

About the Retreat

GriefHope To You is a Christian retreat for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child. The retreat is designed to offer support from a biblical perspective for the unique grief associated with child loss. Each retreat is intentionally designed as a small group weekend experience (six to ten women), consisting of structured and unstructured sessions to provide opportunities for fellowship, reflection, and growth. 

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GriefHope is led by Shawnda Freer, a wife and mother who has been a Christian most of her life. Her professional background is in counseling and education. Married for 32 years, she and her husband, Keith have two children, Meghan & Andrew. Andrew is a recent college graduate, navigating young adulthood. In May of 2018, at the age of 21, Meghan went to Heaven. Child loss opened new areas of understanding about the character of God, the hope of Jesus, the truth of Scripture, and the pain of grief and Shawnda now comes alongside bereaved mothers to grieve, grow, and learn together.

GriefHope To You Greensboro is hosted by Julie Melton. Julie is passionate about making a difference and helping others through their life journey. As a bereaved mother of adult child loss, she has come to understand through her experience, how to trust God through joy and sadness. 

To contact Julie, call or text her at 336-847-1402 

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Recommendations for GriefHope from former participants:

"The comradery of those who, by experience, share your grief journey is priceless. I highly recommend the retreat."

"Don't be afraid to come and share, listen and encourage one another. It is so good to be with others who understand your deep sorrow. The retreat stresses Jesus is also a man of sorrow and understands what we are feeling."

"You are not alone. There's peace to know you can reach out to another grieving mother."

"Being with other grieving mothers allowed me to grieve in a safe place with women who knew my pain."

"I was scared to share my most intimate feelings of the loss of my son. However, every mom in attendance had felt the same. I am so pleased to have attended and been open to what God had in store for me."

"This weekend has been incredily impactful as I learned to hear Jesus within my sorrow....How I could see and trust His purpose & love within theis time of grief. It is not wasted...I am not alone."

"My eyes have been opened; my heart poured out to others that understand my grief. What a weekend! Thank you Jesus."

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Cost - $125 (includes meals, snacks and retreat materials)

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Pregnancy and Neonatal Loss - We deeply empathize with any parent who has experienced child loss, of any age and by any means. Child loss is devastating and we in no way minimize the loss for any parent. We do acknowledge, however, that there are unique needs in child loss and the GriefHope retreat cannot adequately meet the needs of all grieving mothers.

If you have experienced the loss of a child due to miscarriage or stillbirth, we are very sorry but GriefHope does not address pregnancy loss. We trust that the Lord will provide other ways to receive support in your grief.    

Two resources that may be helpful are: 

https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/dealing-with-grief-after-the-death-of-your-baby.aspx

and https://www.compassionatefriends.org/stillbirth-miscarriage-infant-death/

If you experienced neonatal loss, please review the retreat schedule to determine if you believe it will be helpful to you in your grief journey. We will be sharing photos of our children and discussing practical aspects of grief that involve our child's presence in our home. If you want to attend the retreat, we are honored you will join us.

Two resources that may be helpful are: https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/neonatal-death.aspx

and https://www.compassionatefriends.org/stillbirth-miscarriage-infant-death/

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Our prayer is that each mom will find biblical hope, peace, and community through GriefHope

'We do not grieve as those who have no hope.' ~ I Thess. 4:13

We look forward to meeting you! 

If you have further questions, please contact:

Shawnda Freer at shfreer@msn.com or Julie Melton at 336-847-1402 

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The fees and cancellation policy, attendance policy and release of liability/disclaimer policy are available on the event registration form.

GriefHope Weekend Schedule


  • 15 minutos

    Arrival and Check In ~details emailed one week prior to retreat date ~ please check your email!


  • 15 minutos

    Welcome and devotions

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