Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Family Retreat When a Child is Seriously Ill ......

I want to tell you about a retreat in Danbury, Wisconsin that is for parents who have a seriously ill child or who have lost a child and need a place to heal.

This retreat is in a quiet and serene area surrounded by tall pines and rolling hills, where parents can visit with other parents who have gone through the same grief or are dealing with the trials of having a serious illness in their family. There are activities, week end stays, private areas, and a host of other amenities to help families regroup and begin to heal.

Faiths lodge has served 155 families since it opened in July of 2007. They have served 55 bereaved parents/couples and served 50 families of seriously ill children. The Today show featured Faith's Lodge on July 24th of this year and a segment of that recording can be viewed on the Lodge website at www.faithslodge.org/news

The Lodge relies on word of mouth and volunteers to assist with the programs. More information can be found on their website at http://www.faithslodge.org/ or by contacting:

Faith’s Lodge

Attn: Kristi Luenzmann, Program Director 6942 County Road C Danbury, WI 54830

This lodge serves the Midwest and guests have traveled from MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, MO, KY, OH, GA, and CA. Check out the website for a virtual tour and see what the lodge has to offer. You can download an application from the website if you know a family who is grieving and could benefit from such a retreat.

And you can also find what volunteer opportunities are available and how you can donate both time or money to such a worthy cause.


Theresa Schultz said...

Hi Terri,

The picture in your blog looks so calming and inviting. What a wonderful idea. God bless the people that created it.


Carma's Window said...

Hi Terri,
I have not heard of this type of retreat. It is much needed. I need to look around and see if anything like that is out here in California.


Judy said...

Hi Terri,

What a wonderful respite for these families. I didn't realize there was one next door to me in WI.

Thanks for the info.


Dorit Sasson said...

Hey, Terri,

What a wonderful caring initiative. Twisted fates of destiny would help one family heal in such a calm moving place.

It would be interesting to see if the Jewish communities or any resource in PA has something similar to this.

Your post reminds me of the importance of gratefulness in midst of uncertainty and woes. Every day is a miracle and we are very blessed to have what we have in our lives.

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