In 2013-2014 Wings of Hope Living Forward Nonprofit has helped over 380 parents who have lost a child attend grief and healing retreats in various cities in the United States. Sadly, there are millions of parents each year seriously affected by child loss. A majority of the parents left behind suffer from extreme guilt, anger, PTSD and fear for their surviving family members. They also experience anxiety, loss of appetite, uncontrollable tears and panic attacks making it very difficult to work or function in a public environment. Suddenly surviving parents find themselves facing financial distress due to funeral costs, loss of employment and in many cases high medical bills. Bereaved parents find it difficult to adjust to the change in their family not only during holidays but every day. Their health and general overall well-being is greatly affected due to child loss and in many instances the family suffers because the parent is no longer the same person they were when their child was alive.
Wings of Hope Living Forward gives bereaved parents an opportunity to come together, learn coping skills, attend workshops, share their child with others, honor their child(ren) with a candle lighting, balloon releases and much more at their scheduled retreats. By coming together with others they have an opportunity to make new friends to replace the friends they have lost after the death of their child. More importantly, they were given the chance to develop confidence and to know they are not alone on a long never-ending journey. Renewed hope and strength are found and they learn how to grieve healthy.
A parent who experience child loss, loses a part of themselves. Suddenly their hopes and dreams for the future are lost. Nothing is ever the same. They search desperately for answers to the pain and grief they experience and they become withdrawn and lonely. Wings of Hope Living Forward IS making a DIFFERENCE! We are bringing parents together to heal and find new “HOPE”.
Our goal for 2014-2015 is to continue to assist parents who have lost a child to attend our retreats. We can’t do this alone and need sponsors to help us reach our goals. Will you help us meet our goal?
We will be on beautiful Greers Ferry Lake September 11-16, 2014 in the Arkansas area; Gatlinburg, Tennesse November 6 - 11, 2014 and in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in February 25 - March 3, 2015. Click here to donate.
Here is what some of our attendees have to say about the impact Wings of Hope Living Forward’s retreats had on their lives:
“What a blessing, I came home strong and filled with hope. The retreat was such a healing journey, to be with others who understand. The workshops/meetings were very helpful. Thank you for these events, you have been a lifesaver. Bless you and everyone who was a part of this, you will never know how much it means to me.” – Kathy
“Be ready to laugh, cry, or to quietly meditate. We came from all walks of life but, shared the common bond of missing our precious children. You will walk away with new friends who understand & accept you as you are. You'll shake some of those bad feelings that have slipped into your very being such as fear & guilt. It's like a dose of "spring tonic" You'll leave with a new perspective on life as we know it now.” – Melanie
Here is how your gift will impact our retreats: All donations go toward the retreat rental home, Candle lighting ceremony (each parent receives a candle with their child’s photo), a tribute video in memory of our children Gone to Soon, balloon releases, area excursions, workshop materials, handouts, food and much more.