The While We’re Waiting Weekends for Parents Touched by Suicide are a recent addition to the retreats we offer. We recognize that the loss of a child to suicide is unique and that there is great value in hosting retreats that specifically address this situation.
This will be a very special opportunity to spend some unhurried, relaxed time with other parents who have experienced the loss of a child to suicide. We have found that there is no greater comfort than the fellowship of other Christian parents who truly understand the struggles that naturally accompany this type of loss. Our retreats offer that opportunity, and also provide a safe place to work through some of the questions and struggles we experience as grieving moms and dads who have lost children to suicide … all the while focusing on the hope we have of seeing our children again one day. There is so much encouragement to be found in spending time with other parents who truly understand our grief, but who also share the hope we have in Jesus.
These retreats are hosted at different venues in several different states. Each event begins with dinner at 5:30 on Friday evening and wrap up around 10:30 on Sunday morning. Lodging and all meals are provided at all of our venues, and there is no cost to attend any of these retreats.
Depending upon the location, these retreats are facilitated by Bob & Susan Wathen, Stephen & Linda Quinn, Miles & Lisa Armstrong, Kevin & Wendy Hammons and/or Hal & Elizabeth Barge.
Our facilitators are well-acquainted with grief and have a sincere desire to help other hurting parents, particularly those who have lost children to suicide. They are not professional counselors, just parents walking the same type of journey you are. Please do not consider attendance at a While We’re Waiting event as a substitute for professional counseling if you feel you are in need of that.
Bob & Susan Wathan are Hannah’s parents
Stephen & Linda Quinn are Samantha’s parents
Miles & Lisa Armstrong are Jacob’s parents
Kevin & Wendy Hammons are Hayden’s parents
Hal & Elizabeth Barge are John’s parents