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“Comfort for Those Who Mourn” Retreat

A retreat for those who are grieving the death of a loved one will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center.  The retreat is sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church’s Pastoral Care Ministry.   Located in Ferndale, Ferncliff Camp is 16 miles west of the church.

The upcoming holiday season may be very different because you have experienced the death of a loved one.  Take this opportunity to gift yourself with time and holy space to experience comfort in the midst of grief.  Plan to retreat and discover JOY in remembering your loved one(s), HOPE in the dynamics of grief, PEACE in pondering and prayer, GRACE in a supportive community.

Our leader will be Fran Shelton who has received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Recognizing the tremendous benefit of spiritual disciplines for those on the journey of grief, she obtained certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.  Fran presently serves as director of Faith and Grief Ministries located in Dallas Texas.  The mission of this ministry is to provide ongoing comfort to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The cost for the retreat is $100 per person, and includes the overnight stay in a single room at Ferncliff, three meals and all programming.  Rooms at Ferncliff will be in the Brown Center.  These are hotel like rooms with private bathrooms with a shower.  Towels and bed linens are provided.  If you are interested in attending, use the registration form below.  If you do not receive confirmation of this registration within 24 hours contact Karen Akin at (501) 227-0000. Scholarships are available.

The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday evening in the Dining Hall at Ferncliff at 6:00 p.m.  The retreat will conclude on Saturday afternoon.

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