Healing Hope Ministries

Helping families find hope after the death of a child.

Alcester, South Dakota

Healing Hope Ministries: South Dakota is located on an acreage near Alcester, SD and is facilitated by Denny & Karri Allen. They are in the process of completing the guest house to fit the needs of grieving parents and families and will be open to host families in July  2019.  


Your support and contributions will enable us to provide hope for grieving families in South Dakota and surrounding region.  

NOTE: If you donate using your bank account rather than a credit card, the fees are less. 


The Retreat Experience

The retreat is designed to give you and your family a safe place to grieve. A place away from all distractions, allowing you time to reflect and learn how to navigate this journey you find yourselves on. We believe that a retreat experience is one piece in helping families move successfully through the grieving process.    

While on retreat, you will...


· Share openly and honestly about your loved one’s story.

· Spend time focusing on the different emotions that parents experience after a child dies and how to deal with these emotions in a healthy way. 

· Develop a deeper understanding of how men & women grieve differently and not to fear the differences.

· Begin to learn how to prepare for the “firsts”.

Different from other retreats, Healing Hope will host only 1 family at a time, creating a unique one-on-one experience. The facilitators walk alongside the families, not as counselors, but as peers that have been on a similar journey.



Your Stay

The minimum stay is 2 nights and the maximum stay is 4 nights. 

We rely on donations to operate and our goal is to to keep the cost to attend low for families walking through grief. Scholarships are available if there is a financial need. Please call Karri at 605-201-4261 for more info.


There is one queen size bed in the main room and two twin size beds in the second room. The couch could serve as additional sleeping quarters as well as air mattresses. We also have a pack n play available for the little ones.  


The kitchen area allows guests to prepare meals or snacks during their stay. We try to stock the pantry with some staples, but please plan to bring whatever you'd like to eat while you're here. There are a few restaurants nearby that we could recommend as well.

Registration form

After you reserve your time slot for your retreat experience, please download this form, fill it out, and mail it back to us along with your $50 deposit.  

Files coming soon.

GIve a legacy gift

 While there is nothing that can take away the pain and sadness of losing a child, having opportunities to commemorate your child’s life in a meaningful way can help with the healing process. 

A Legacy Gift to Healing Hope Ministries will allow you to honor your loved one in a meaningful way, while also providing funds to help Healing Hope continue it’s mission of helping families find hope after the death of a child at any age.  For more information on how you can honor your loved one, click the link below. 

Legacy Opportunities (pdf)


the Gift of Hope


Give the Gift of Hope

It costs us about $2,500 per week for a family to stay here, but families are only asked to pay $50-100 per night. That means we need to raise funds to underwrite the other costs that enable them to stay with us. That's where you come in. Your gifts enable us to give this price break to families who are walking in grief.  

Please consider making a donation to Healing Hope Ministries today. Your donations enable us to reach out and help grieving families.

Gift Certificates

If you have a friend who has lost a child and would like to help them experience the Healing Hope Retreat, you can provide a Gift Certificate for their stay. For more info, please email us at karri@healinghopes.com

Memorial Gifts

Another great way to honor a loved one who has died, is by giving a Memorial Tree or Bench in their honor. We also have several naming opportunities available for different parts of the property as well. For more info, please email us at karri@healinghopes.com.

Help us Furnish the South Dakota Guest House

 As we get started, we will need to furnish the entire guest house. From beds, to furniture, to appliances, and all the little things in between. For your convenience, we've set up a gift registry If you have any questions or ideas, please email us at karri@healinghopes.com

view the Gift Registry

Other Ways to Give

Another way to give would be through in-kind donations. We will need a lot to furnish the retreat center and to keep it going. We will need volunteers for different events and work days, and will have sponsorship opportunities available for different events as well. 



There are people who've walked this path and are there to help you navigate through. After we lost our son, we were looking for whatever we could to help us learn to live with this "new normal."

Here are a few things that helped us...
Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who've lost children. They meet once a month in different cities. For more information and locations, click on the link above. Click here for information on the Sioux Falls Chapter. 

Smile Again Ministries is a retreat center for parents who've lost children. To be honest, this place saved our marriage. We have gone multiple times now and this is what we are trying to create in the Sioux Empire.   

Seek Counseling

We highly encourage you to find a counselor in your area that fits you and your family. Here are just a few ideas. 

Lighting A New Way Counseling, Sioux Falls, SD - Mary Weber, 605-361-0114
Erick L Reiss, LMFT, Sioux Falls, SD - 605-212-9684
Stronghold Counseling, Sioux Falls, SD - 605-334-7713, Ellie Larsen, Jan Sanford, Marlene Ruff, Earl Witt     

Journey Counseling, Sioux Falls, SD - 605-988-8131 - Wanda Jeffcoat, Dianne Beard and Michael Wheaton

Agape Counseling Center, Brandon, SD - 605-582-4722, Erin Sanford
Family Life Counseling, ​Kearney, NE - 308-210-3638, Carol A. Larson


Contact Us

Healing Hope Ministries

30185 475th Ave, Alcester, SD 57001, US

(605) 934-2525 Denny (605) 321-1875 denny@healinghopes.com Karri (605) 201-4261 karri@healinghopes.com