We have a beautiful guest house on a 5-acre property near Alcester, SD. 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.
The retreat is designed to give you and your family a safe space 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.
We hold space for families to talk openly about their loss without feeling judged. It’s a chance to come and focus on your loss; a chance to sit with it and let it process. A chance to talk and tell your story, and to keep those communication lines open with your family. It’s all about hope…we want to serve people, love people and allow healing to begin.
Hear from two families what it feels like to lose a child and how a place like Healing Hope is beneficial.
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. We don't want attending this retreat to be a burden to anyone and only ask for $50/night. Scholarships are available if there is a financial need. Please call Karri at 605-201-4261 for more info.
You will have sole access to the 2-bedroom "guest house" on our property. There is one queen size bed in the main bedroom and two twin size beds in the second room. There's a beautiful living room complete with a gas fireplace. The sofa could also serve as additional sleeping space as well as air mattresses if needed. We also have a pack n play available for the little ones. The guest house is complete with a full kitchen and dining area where you can prepare your meals.
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.
When is it best to come for a retreat?
We've found that it's best to attend a retreat anytime after that inital 2-3 month period. The shock is starting to wear off a little at this point and you may be ready to seek support. We feel, the sooner the better, but you get to decide what's right for you. Some people come after 2 years, some come 20 years later.
Who is the retreat for?
Our retreat is geared towards anyone who has had a child, grandchild or sibling die.
Can I bring anyone with me?
Of course! You can bring your spouse, a support person, parents, your other children, etc. We only have two bedrooms (3 beds), so just keep that in mind.