This is a weekend for bereaved couples and singles to spend some relaxed, unhurried time with other parents who understand the experience of losing a child. As we go through the weekend, we will learn from each other, pray for one another, encourage each other, and find out that we are not alone on this journey. Our goal at these retreats is to point grieving parents to our only true source of comfort, Jesus Christ. Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to come. You are welcome if your child has been in Heaven for thirty days or for thirty years. You are welcome if your child was stillborn and never took a single earthly breath, or if your child lived to be an adult and had a family of his or her own. Come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you. This will be a safe place, a place where we can honestly discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another. We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing. What will we do over the course of the weekend? We’ll talk about our kids in Heaven and we’ll pray for each other. We’ll explore the beauty of nature around us, enjoy delicious meals together, discuss God’s presence in our grief, and form lasting bonds of friendship. Our time will be informal, but structured. Certainly, we will cry together … but we will also laugh together. There is no cost to attend one of these special events.
Come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you. This will be a safe place, a place where we can honestly discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another. We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing.
The City of Cannon Beach is located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon, 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria. Cannon Beach is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers, and the Oregon Coast Mountain range. Four miles in length, Cannon Beach is a popular and picturesque resort area, and was named as one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places by National Geographic magazine in 2013. This event is open to both single parents and married couples. Lodging for Friday and Saturday nights at Cannon Beach Conference Center and all meals are provided, and there is no cost to attend this event.
Matt and Stacie's son, Matthew Austin, went to Heaven on May 23, 2008, at the age of 17. The Zacharys have been married since 1988 and have three other children … Mason, Emilee, and Audra Grace. They work together at their estate sale company, Farmhouse Estate Sales, and enjoy spending time with their beautiful grandchildren. They love working with While We’re Waiting families and are so excited to be a part of what God is doing!
Arlo and Capri's son Amoss Luke raced ahead to Heaven on May 29, 2006 at 18 months of age. The Weiskopf's are blessed with three other children — Elijah, Zeke and Tallulah May. Arlo helps run his family's pet care business, and Capri is a homemaker and long-time volunteer counselor at a pregnancy center. As a family they love spending time adventuring outdoors, and playing on the Chesapeake Bay. They are anchored in hope and truly feel blessed to be a part of the While We're Waiting ministry.
This retreat is full, but you may complete the registration form to be added to our waiting list.