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.

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Bereaved Parent Infant/Toddler Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child 12 weeks gestation – 2 years of age.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • January 27 – 30, 2022
  • March 3 – 6, 2022
  • March 10 – 13, 2022
  • May 12 – 15, 2022
  • June 27 – 29, 2022
  • July 6 – 10, 2022
  • July 25 – 27, 2022
  • September 8 – 11, 2022
  • October 13 – 16, 2022
  • November 10 – 13, 2022

Bereaved Parent Older Loss Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child 3 years of age – young adulthood dependency up to age 29.

UPCOMING DATES:

  •  February 17 – 20, 2022
  • June 1 – 5, 2022
  • August 17 – 21, 2022
  • December 1 – 4, 2022

Bereaved Single Parents – All Ages Loss Retreats

Designated for single parents who are grieving the death of a child 12 weeks gestation – mid-20s.

UPCOMING DATE:

  • August 3 – 7, 2022

Bereaved Mothers – All Ages Loss Retreats

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

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Feburary 10 – 13, 2022
  • May 5 – 8, 2022
  • September 15 – 18, 2022

Bereaved Fathers – All Ages Loss Retreats

Designated for fathers who are grieving the death of a child 12 weeks gestation – mid 20s.

UPCOMING DATE:

  • June 23 – 25, 2022

Bereaved Parents of a Medically Complex Child Retreats

Designated for parents who are grieving the death of a child who suffered from a medically complex condition.

UPCOMING DATE:

  • December 8 – 11, 2022

Bereaved Parents of Suicide Loss Retreats

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

UPCOMING DATES:

  • January 13 – 16, 2022
  • May 19 – 22, 2022
  • October 27 -30, 2022

Bereaved Family Infant/Toddler Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children who are grieving the death of a child 12 weeks gestation – 2 years of age.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • March 31 – April 3, 2022
  • June 8 – 12, 2022
  • July 20 – 23, 2022
  • November 17 – 20, 2022

Bereaved Family Older Loss Retreats

Designated for parents and their children who are grieving the death of a child 3 years of age – young adulthood dependency up to age 29.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • March 17 -20, 2022
  • August 24 – 28, 2022
  • November 3 – 6, 2022

Bereaved Family of a Medically Complex Child Retreats

Designated for parents and their children who are grieving the death of a child who suffered from a medically complex condition.

UPCOMING DATE:

  • August 10 – 14, 2022

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

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.

First Time Guest Rate: $99/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.

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?

Only biological/legal parents of the child who passed away  are allowed to attend a programming weekend.

Family weekends are designated for parents and their children.

How long are retreats?

Retreats are generally 3 or 4 nights depending on the time of year.

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.

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?

No pets are allowed unless they are a service animal. Please notify lodge staff prior to your arrival if you have a service animal.

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