“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” ~Rumi
The concept of grieving the loss of a loved one as a journey allows human beings to understand the healing process in stages, with accompanying tasks, and with needs that are both universal and unique. Yet, there are many faces to grief and innumerable ways of expressing it.
Because this group retreat focuses on naming these rites of passage as a viable access to healing, participants will be engaged in prayer, meditation and dialogue throughout the day while also having time for solitude and personal exploration. A variety of exercises and resources will be offered to empower participants on their journey as they reveal their respective story. Attention will be given to some of the tasks inherent to grieving the loss of a loved one while incorporating creative interventions for moving forward. A journal is a great companion for this program. Guided by Gordon Creamer.
Gordon Creamer earned his MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University. He has been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice communities. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Enhancing the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ community is a passion for him. In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Gordon is also a certified spiritual director, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.