You put so much into the planning of the Weekend that
your caring just soothingly brought us from one part of the Retreat to the
next with a seemingly seamless effort. That is a sure sign of a well-thought out
and executed Event. For that I thank you. Thank you too, for making it safe
enough for me, after many many months, to cry--really cry, about my loss. Every
night since I came home I have lit a candle for him and I take such comfort in
knowing that it is just a little private "visit" between just him and me.
I wanted to thank you for last weekend .... everything was just
perfect. I can only imagine the number of hours of preparation it took you to
put it all together! It was a completely different kind of weekend for me ...
I've not had a weekend like that before. Driving home I felt so relaxed and had
such a nice sense of peace within me - hard to describe.
It was a real pleasure to meet you, and Michelle, Brenda and Chris
were just ever so nice. Chris sure has a lot of talents. Her cooking, her
decorating skills, her singing and guitar playing all added so much to an
already perfect weekend!
Gary and I had a very pleasant
drive home from the retreat, and surprisingly made it in just 5 ½ hours this
time. It was a record. Last week started busy as usual, but I have
been craving out some (my) time each day. I was very glad that I
attended, and as a result, I have taken away some unique experiences and
insights that I would not have otherwise had.
You had an incredibly likeminded, compassionate and courageous
group of ladies. I felt humbled to be sharing this personal
and intimate time with them. We were not strangers, but spiritual
friends, that I had not yet met. The room held an energy that was
exceptionally powerful….a spirit of humanity…..rarely experienced.
Your amazing hospitality set the
stage for us to open not only our minds but our hearts to embrace each
other and the pain of our common losses.
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our
lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of
giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and
touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with
us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of
grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing
and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."
~ Henri Nouwen
I wish you along with these
inspirational ladies a wonderful summer and all the peace and happiness you all
so abundantly deserve.
Hugs to everyone, Yvonne
CPOMC Co-founder, Manager Education and Community Outreach
When we are no
longer able to change a situation – we are
challenged to change ourselves….Viktor Frankl
Kimberly Ryan is a bereaved mother. Her son Matthew died suddenly in August 2009 at the age of 27 as a result of complications from addictions. Kimberly had been involved in meditation and alternative health modalities long before the tragic loss of her son, and now uses her knowledge and wellness background to offer a place for other moms who are bereaved. Please contact Kimberly at:
Phone: +1 519 909 9644
The next retreat is scheduled for the last weekend in September 29th, 30th, Oct. 1st, 2017.
Please contact Kimberly to register as space is limited.
Welcome ALL mothers who are bereaved. There is no time frame on our grief., if your loss was longer ago or recent. Each of us has experienced the death of a child. We gather together to support, gain strength and provide comfort. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat and learn more about who I am, what this is all about, and discuss if this is good timing for you.