The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team is hosting a Widow’s Retreat from Oct. 4-6 at Maryvale Retreat Center in Valley City, N.D. The weekend will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and concludes after a brunch on Sunday, Oct. 6. The cost of the retreat is $150 and includes two nights lodging in a private room, five meals and all supplies.

In Genevieve Davis Ginsburg’s book, "Widow to Widow," she states “Widowhood is a club no one elects to join. … Only another widow knows what it feels like to become a widow. … Most widows are comforted and reassured when they can connect with others in the same human struggle.” These quotes describe the theme of the JAGST Widow’s Retreat. Women who have experienced the death of their husbands, whether recently or years ago, deal with many emotions, challenges and struggles as they grieve their loss. Although no one can take these struggles away and even though every widow’s experience is unique, spending time with others who have had a similar experience can often help in the journey of grief.

This retreat is an opportunity for widows to immerse themselves in healing with no distractions in a relaxing, supportive and positively charged atmosphere with others who have experienced the loss of a husband. Participants will learn coping skills and about resources that may help during the grieving process.

The weekend will include a special guest speaker; a panel of Jamestown Area Grief Support Team members who are widows; time for personal sharing and discussion; a Service of Remembrance, and workshops on journaling, self-nurturing/pampering and understanding the grief journey. There will be time for informal interaction among those attending and time for private reflection while walking the Maryvale grounds.

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For a brochure and registration form, call Eileen at 701-269-4521 (you may leave a message that includes your name and mailing address; or you can email to Registrations are due by Sept. 1 and space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call Carol at 701-320-3801 or Eileen at 701-269-4521

The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support to those who have experienced losses.