Child Loss Retreats

Child Loss Retreats

The death of a child is the worst experience a parent can endure. A child’s death puts a family on a journey of grief that will last their entire life. We provide a serene stop along the way in the Northwoods of Wisconsin to get away from day-to-day life and honor their child.

As the first dedicated retreat facility, Faith’s Lodge was created to be a safe haven for grieving families to reflect, explore and just be with people going through a similar experience. Here, you are free to share stories, talk, cry and yes, even laugh.

With a variety of different retreats offered year-round, grieving families can find support, resources and hope when they are ready.

RETREAT Rates

 

We want anyone who needs Faith’s Lodge to be able to come. We are able to keep our guest rates low thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners. Rates are the same for single, parent, and family retreats. 

First Time Guest Rate: $149/night per room
Returning Guest Rate: $249/night per room

*All stays require an additional $50 booking fee that is transferrable but nonrefundable.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Thanks to the generosity of the Gougeon Family, we are able to offer financial assistance to first time guests who are unable to pay for some or all of their stay. Funds are available on a first come first serve basis for first time guests in either full or partial. If you are interested in receiving financial assistance for an upcoming retreat, please apply below.

Please note that by applying for financial assistance, you are not registered for a retreat. Financial assistance does not cover the $50 booking fee.

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Bereaved Parents of Early Pregnancy Loss Retreat

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child up to 20 weeks getstation.

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Bereaved Parents of Pregnancy/Stillborn Loss

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child 20 weeks getstation – stillbirth loss.

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Bereaved Family of Pregnancy/Stillborn Loss

Designated for families grieving the death of a child 20 weeks gestation pregnancy-stillbirth.

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Bereaved Parent Infant/Toddler Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child born alive – 2 years of age.

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Bereaved Family Infant/Toddler Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children (up to 18 yrs) who are grieving the death of a child born alive – 2 years of age.

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending a retreat where children are in attendance.

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Bereaved Parent Youth Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child 3 – 12 years of age.

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Bereaved Family Youth Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children (up to 18 yrs) who are grieving the death of a child 3 – 12 years of age.

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending a retreat where children are in attendance.

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Bereaved Parent Teen Young Adult Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child 13 – 26 years of age.

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Bereaved Family Teen Young Adult Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children (up to 18 yrs) who are grieving the death of a child at 13 – 26 years of age.

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending a retreat where children are in attendance.

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Bereaved Family Older Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children (up to 18 yrs) who are grieving the death of a child at 13 – 26 years of age.

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending a retreat where children are in attendance.

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Bereaved Mothers – All Ages Loss Retreats

Designated for mothers who are grieving the death of a child at any age.

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Bereaved Parents of Homicide Loss – All Ages Loss Retreat

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child of any age from an act of homicide.

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Bereaved Parents of Suicide Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child who died by suicide at any age.

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Bereaved Family of a Medically Complex Child Retreats

Designated for parents and their children (up to 18 yrs) who are grieving the death of a child up to age 26 who suffered from a medically complex condition.

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending a retreat where children are in attendance.

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Bereaved Black Indigenous Parents of Color (BIPOC)

Designated for parents who identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color grieving the death of child at any age.

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Bereaved Parents of Overdose Loss Retreat

Designated for parents grieving the death of a child who died from a drug or alcohol overdose at any age.

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Bereaved Parents of Missing Children

This retreat serves parents coping with the death of a child who was also missing for an extended period of time as well as those parents coping with the pain, frustration, and grief that comes with having a missing child.

The nightly cost of this retreat is fully funded by our friends at Bryce’s Blessings who support parents coping with the ambiguous loss of a missing child. (All retreat fees are covered. Transportation not included/covered.)

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What Goes On At Retreats

A stay at Faith’s Lodge is generally a long weekend and guests have their own spacious guest suite with a private bathroom, fireplace, balcony/patio, reading area, desk and small refrigerator. Guests choose to do as much or as little connecting with others as they prefer while there. Meals and activities are included in each stay. Click on each activity below to learn more.

Massages

Yoga

Grief Group Discussions

1:1 Therapy

Nutrition Programming

Therapeutic Arts & Crafts

Memorial / Remembrance Activities

Enjoying the Outdoors

Meals All Included

The Hearn Family

“Our weekend at Faith’s Lodge was the first time we felt understood by others. Faith’s Lodge helped us create lasting peaceful memories. From painting rocks, to the birdhouse with her name on it. We felt a bond to our daughter that weekend that will be cherished in our hearts forever.”
– Jennifer Hearn, Oaklynn’s Mom

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Faith’s Lodge located?

Faith’s Lodge is located in Northwestern Wisconsin near the town of Webster, less than a two-hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, less than one hour from Duluth/Superior and about four hours from Madison. Detailed driving directions will be sent to you prior to your stay.

If you are flying to come to Faith’s Lodge, Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) is the closest large airport to Faith’s Lodge. From there, it’s about a 2 hour drive northeast.

Is Faith’s Lodge faith-based?

No, Faith’s Lodge is not associated with any one religion. The Lodge was named after our founders’ daughter Faith who was stillborn. We welcome everyone to bring their own spirituality and religion and apply it as they wish.

How many families/parents attend each retreat?

Faith’s Lodge can accommodate up to 8 families or 8 couples/parents for each retreat.

Who is allowed to attend a retreat with me?

In order for connections to take place at Faith’s lodge, child loss retreats are only indeded for parents of the child that passed away. This includes biological/legal parents/guardians. We understand that many people in your life are like a parent to that child and are also grieving. If youhave questions or are wondering if someone is able to attend a retreat, please call 715-866-8200.

Family weekends are designated for parents and siblings of the child that passed away.

How long are retreats? When should I come?

Retreats are generally 3 nights.

Check-in is between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please let our lodge staff know an approximate time of your arrival.  Check out is 11:00 am on the day of your departure.

In order to fully experience a retreat at Faith’s Lodge, we strongly encourage guests to attend the full duration of the retreat. If you have a unique circumstance or plan to arrive late, please notify our Lodge Manager prior to your arrival.

Are the retreats tailored more for brand new grieving parents or can we come at a later time?

Our retreats are for any and all grieving parents. Everyone’s journey is different and we try to meet everyone where they are. While we cannot guarantee that you will meet others on your same timeline, we can tell you that we see many parents looking for connection 10, 15 or even 20 years later.  We have been told by parents who have lost a child 10+ years ago that seeing and talking to some of the newly grieving parents helped them realize just how far they’ve come. While they may be in a different place now, they still very much want to connect with others who understand their pain.

What happens after I register for a retreat?

You’ll receive a confirmation email from our Lodge staff within 2 business days. Prior to your stay, you’ll receive an email and brochure with an itinterary, what to bring and further information about your stay. If for some reason you don’t receive an email, please check your spam folder or email info@faithslodge.org or call 715-866-8200.

Why is a background check required for family weekends?

As an added protection for you and your children as you attend a retreat with other guests, background checks are required for all individuals 18 and older attending any Bereaved Family Retreat where children are in attendance. The background check is confidential and will be completed though a third-party service. Guests will receive their complete background check results directly via email and Faith’s Lodge will only be notified if a violent crime or sexual conduct offense is presented.  There is no additional cost to the guest for this service, unless the guest chooses to cover the cost of the background check. Please contact us with any questions.

What is your cancellation policy?

Should you need to reschedule your reserved stay for any reason, any collected fees can be applied to a future program of the guest’s choice.

If a guest wishes to cancel their reservation, refund policies are: 

  • Booking fees of $50 are non-refundable if a guest cancels, but are transferable
  • Cancellations 61 days or greater from the scheduled stay:  50% refund of room fee
  • Cancellations within 15-60 days of scheduled stay: 25% refund of room fee
  • Cancellations within 14 days of scheduled stay:  No refunds

If a guest has not paid in full at time of booking, the cancellation charges will be automatically charged to the card on file.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Yes, while Faith’s Lodge provides 3 meals a day, guests are welcome to bring their own meals and beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) during their stay. Each guest suite has its own personal refrigerator to store smaller food and drink items.

Do you allow pets?

Faith’s Lodge does not allow family pets but we proudly adhere to the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that provides protections and rights to a person with a disability. That means that any person with a service animal is welcome.

Both federal (ADA) and Wisconsin state laws specify that a person with a disability is permitted to use a service animal in establishments such as restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses. However, the laws do not protect the use of an emotional support animal in those places.

Service Animal Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA

A service animal means any dog (or, miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things:

  • pulling a wheelchair
  • retrieving dropped items
  • alerting a person to a sound
  • reminding a person to take medication
  • pressing an elevator button

 

Examples of animals that fit the ADA’s definition of “service animal” because they have been specifically trained to perform a task for the person with a disability:

  1. Guide Dog or Seeing Eye® Dog is a carefully trained dog that serves as a travel tool for persons who have severe visual impairments or are blind.
  2. Hearing or Signal Dog is a dog that has been trained to alert a person who has a significant hearing loss or is deaf when a sound occurs.
  3. Psychiatric Service Dog is a dog that has been trained to perform tasks that assist individuals with disabilities to detect the onset of psychiatric episodes and lessen their effects.
  4. SSigDOG (sensory signal dogs or social signal dog) is a dog trained to assist a person with autism.
  5. Seizure Response Dog is a dog trained to assist a person with a seizure disorder.

Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support. A doctor’s letter does not turn an animal into a service animal. While Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Even though some states have laws defining therapy animals, these animals are not limited to working with people with disabilities and therefore are not covered by federal laws protecting the use of service animals.  (source ADA National Network)

Is Faith’s Lodge handicap accessible?

Yes, Faith’s Lodge is handicap accessible and ADA compliant. Please let us know if you need a handicap accessible suite.

Do you offer translator services?

We will do our best to accommodate translator services based on availability in the local area. Please contact us ahead of time to coordinate translator services.

Are pregnant people allowed to come to retreats?

Yes. We understand that being around someone who is expecting can be very triggering after a loss. We do welcome all bereaved parents and legally cannot ask in advance if anyone is expecting. Like everything in grief, this is individual, so we want to be thoughtful and respectful of everyone who attends a retreat at Faith’s Lodge and needs support and connection.

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Faith's Lodge - Retreat Center
6942 Co Rd C, Danbury, WI 54830, USA6942 County Road C
Danbury, WI 54830