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Grief statue by Bertram Mackennal (1863–1931)

BRIEF: Nurse to lead retreat on grief

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Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s Weekend Grief Retreat entitled “Life after Loss” will be held on Nov. 14-16. This retreat will be lead by Lori DeRoche, RN. 

According to a press release from the retreat center, “Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood experiences.  Our society leaves us totally unprepared and uneducated for these inevitable occurrences. Some of which include:  Death of a loved one, including a pet, End of a marital relationships, Major health issues, Miscarriage, or Major financial challenges these life changing events can and do effect our being.   Lori will provide an atmosphere to build awareness and recovery from grief that give participants hope that there is Life after Loss.”

DeRoche, registered nurse and educator has earned certification in Grief Recovery from the Grief Recovery Institute. She has implemented this tool through her own grief journey and has helped others who have experienced loss move through their grief and move forward to live healthy and happy lives, according to the news release.

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. and extends through lunch on Sunday.  Retreat cost is $185 for singles or $280 for couples and $100 for commuters. Register by calling (509) 448-1224, or at www.ihrc.net.  Early registration is recommended.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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