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  • 10/06/2017
  • 10/07/2017
  • Dubuque, IA

A retreat for healing the hearts of those who grieve the loss of a loved one at the Shalom Center in Dubuque.

Cost $15 per person or sign up with spouse or friend, and save. $20 per couple.

Proactive Grieving

Proactive Grieving is embracing your grief, not fighting it, medicating it long term, or ignoring it; it’s living with the loss and choosing to being transformed by it. Proactive Living is choosing the best road for you as a reinvestment in life; exploring ways that empower you to grieve “out of the box” and address each aspect of your loss that is uniquely yours. One can choose to become an intentional survivor & legacy builder or become collateral damage.

Saturday, October 7 will include various workshops to choose from, located at Shalom Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Workshops: 20 Faces of Grief and Messages from Heaven with Mitch Carmody, Expressive Writing for Healing with Mary Potter Kenyon, Journal-making with Cathy Corkery, art therapy for healing with Mitch Carmody, Roundtable discussion for those who have lost a child

More to come, watch this page for updates

Partial scholarships available, Contact Mary Potter Kenyon, to apply.

Schedule for Saturday, October 7:

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Introductions, Bruna Melo (Howard) singing, Ryan Howard opening devotional.

9:30-10:30 Mitch Carmody, “20 Faces of Grief”

10:30-noon workshops “Art Therapy with Mitch Carmody and Garbage Pail artist Steve Potter”  OR “Grieving Parent Roundtable” facilitated by Ellen Bigelow of Compassionate Friends

12:00-1:30 break for lunch, with optional quiet time in the labyrinth, or outside

1:30-2:30– choice of three workshops: “Journal Making with Cathy Corkery” OR  “Become Broken…or Broken Open” with Mary Potter Kenyon OR “How to Survive the Aftermath of Suicide” with Patti and Terry Cullen.

2:30–3:30 workshops “Expressive Writing for Healing” with Mary Potter Kenyon OR yoga

3:30-4:30 Mitch Carmody, “Signs from Above”

To purchase tickets go to

The american academy of bereavement

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