Workshop Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Healing the Family workshop?
A: The Healing the Family workshop is our powerful, transformational 2.5 day program where we work with adult participants who have lost a loved one. We provide life-enhancing tools and support in a loving and safe environment where attendees learn how to shift the trauma of grief back into the love relationship that still exists with their loved one. We believe that everyone deserves to heal after loss and once again live their life to the fullest and our workshops have been incredibly successful at doing just that.
Q: What is a Healing the Family workshop schedule like?
A: Day 1 (Friday): We ask families to arrive onsite by 5-5:30 PM the day the workshop begins having already had dinner. After completing registration (a series of forms and a survey required in case of an emergency and for us to be aware of any serious medical conditions, etc.), a staff member will help you with your bag and escort you to your room. The Friday night session begins promptly at 6:00 PM and includes introductions, agreements and logistics for the weekend and a series of teaching pieces about grief. We discuss myths around grief and what grief truly is in our society today. We end the night with an exercise that we will complete Saturday morning.
Day 2 (Saturday): Saturday starts with breakfast (the first meal provided), and then we begin with an additional exercise. At this point, genders are separated since men and women tend to grieve differently. One of our highly trained facilitators will work with participants one-on-one through a experiential process to help shift the pain and sorrow back into the love relationship with your loved one that you hold in your heart and to release any negative emotions causing unresolved grief. We help you recognize that this love did not die when their physical body did.
Day 3 (Sunday): We finish the interactive portion of the workshop during the morning and conclude the weekend with a special event at 1 PM Sunday. Friends, family and others in your life are welcome to join us Sunday afternoon for the ceremony of honor.
Q: It's been a long time since I lost my loved one. Can I still benefit?
A: Yes, absolutely! The time-frame of loss is irrelevant when it comes to grief healing. Even if you think you are living a relatively "normal" life now and not as full of sadness as you once were, you can still benefit. Grief can hide itself in many ways and until you truly address it, it can affect you without you even realizing it.
Q: Do these workshops really help, and for how long?
A: This is a great question. There is no switch that suddenly makes things okay and we don't pretend that you will leave the workshop without ever being sad again. We can help you move in a positive direction along your grief journey though and will provide you with transformational tools that will last forever and help you pull yourself up whenever you do start to feel down. We also become a resource you will always have access to in times of need, and you will leave with the support of other attendees as well. Please visit our testimonials page to hear some of what past participants have said.
Q: I am apprehensive about participating and opening up to strangers. Is this really for me?
Q: How many people normally attend a workshop?
A: We have a minimum of 12 people we need to hold a workshop and our maximum capacity is 15-20 people depending on the venue. We keep the group small to ensure a safe and loving environment where everyone's individual needs can be met. Our staff ratio is no less than 1 staff member to 2-3 participants.
Q: Will I ever be forced or coerced to do something I don't want to?
A: No, you will not be forced to do anything. You will be in a completely safe and nurturing environment and since you know yourself best, we ask that you do what you need to do to feel safe. We do ask, though, that you push past your comfort zone at times, trusting us. It won't be easy but by facing your apprehensions you will benefit greatly. If for any reason you feel you need to step out during an activity, one of our loving staff will accompany you and stay with you until you feel comfortable to return.
Q: How old does a sibling have to be to attend?
A: We require all attendees to be 18 years of age or older. We can make an exception for 17 years old with a signed waiver from the parents. We are not specialized in the grief of children, which is very different than adults. We can, however, direct you to many resources throughout the country to help your child.
Q: Can step-parents, grandparents and aunt & uncles attend?
A: Yes, any adult in which the death of a child has left a life-altering negative effect that is holding them back from living life to the fullest is invited to attend. Step-parents are strongly encouraged to attend regardless if they feel that they are coming simply to support their partner or for their own grief.
Q: I lost my loved one when he/she was an adult. Can I still attend?
Yes! No matter how old your loved one when he/she died, we
can help you with your grief. We have worked with people who have lost pregnancies to spouses married for 50 + years and everything in between..
Q: Are your workshops for other types of loss (loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, etc)?
A: We are just now opening the workshop to all grief.
Q: What are the qualifications of the staff?
A: Staff include highly-trained certified grief recovery specialists and loving, strong and compassionate support staff. All staff are hand-picked by our grief specialists due to their abilities, character, compassionate nature and integrity. Members of our staff may also be bereaved themselves who have gone through our program and feel they are strong enough to give back to participants.
Q: What is the cost of the workshop and what does this cost cover?
A: We have worked very hard to keep our costs as low as possible and are significantly cheaper than other similar workshops. At this time the cost is $300 pp plus the cost of lodging and meals at the venue where we ask all participants to stay. The room and board cost can vary depending on location and part of the country where we hold the workshop. (200-500) This cost includes all workshop fees, materials, 5 meals, and 2 nights lodging at the workshop venue in motel-type rooms. At some sites we have double and triple occupancy to a room. You may choose to have a private room if available, but you would be required to cover the additional cost. We enjoy five buffet-style meals together with lots of food choices. Lodging is for Friday and Saturday nights. Meals are breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday; and breakfast & lunch on Sunday. Water and light snacks are also provided throughout the weekend. 100% of the cost of the workshops goes to workshop-related expenses.
Q: Do you have payment plans?
A: Yes, bi-weekly or monthly payment plans can be arranged to be deducted from your checking account or credit card. A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration and payment in full is required 15 days before the workshop unless otherwise agreed upon and a payment plan is set up. If you are registering within 15 days prior to the workshop, payment in full is expected at the time of registration. We will work with you so that cost is not a problem as money should never keep you from attending.
Q: Do you offer discounts for additional family members to attend?A:
Yes. We very much encourage family members to attend together. The second family member receives a 10% discount for any additional family member. Please let us know if cost is an issue for you or any family member.
Q: Do you offer scholarships or any type of financial assistance?
A: Cost should never keep you from attending!! We will work with you to help you attend as it is our goal to never allow money to get in the way of your healing. If you do have an issue with the cost, please inform us and one of our associates will discuss options with you.
Q: I have family and friends who want to help pay for my participation. Can I fundraise to help cover the cost?
A: Yes! Fundraising is an excellent way to help minimize the amount you pay and if you raise more than what your cost is, you really help out our organization. You can create a fundraising page here, which is also a wonderful way to honor your child or sibling by personalizing the page with pictures and stories. If you need help with fundraising, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be more than happy to assist.
Q: What if an organization, corporation, church group, group of bereaved parents etc. are interested in a workshop coming to their city?
A: We would love to come to your city and would be happy to work with you to make that happen! We have certain requirements before we can commit to a new location, with funding being one of the biggest factors. Securing workshop sponsorship is the easiest way to increase the chances we can hold a workshop in your city. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Q: What if I have dietary restrictions?
A: Please inform us when we call you for your intake after you register online.
Q: Will I share a room with my family?
A: Yes, every effort is made to keep families together unless otherwise requested.
Q: Do I get to choose who I room with?
A: We will do the room assignments but will make every effort to room you with family or someone you know. We can guarantee that you will be roomed with someone of the same gender (unless you are rooming with family).
Q: What if I want to stay with a friend or relative in the area?
participants are required to stay onsite so that they may fully benefit
from the experience and we can ensure everyone is doing well.
Q: Can I leave the workshop site during down time?
A: We ask that you stay onsite until conclusion of the workshop to enhance the healing process and get the most out of your time with us. We intentionally choose beautiful locations where you can walk, hike, explore nature, tour the campus, etc. By staying onsite, we know you are safe and you benefit by interacting with other participants in a less formal environment. This also ensures that we can start each session promptly.
Q: What do I bring?
A: Please bring memorabilia of your child, lots of pictures, DVDs, memory sticks with media, special songs you want to share, etc. We will have a special table to honor our children where memorabilia and pictures will be placed.*
Additionally, you will want to bring comfortable clothes, toiletries and possibly a compact hair dryer (some sites have hair dryers and some do not). There is no need to dress up but please be respectful with your clothing choice (e.g. no torn up pants, short shorts or t-shirts with political, religious or controversial statements as these can be distracting from our goals). Bring your own pillow for comfort if you want, a sweater or light jacket even in the warm months since we can not control the temperature in the conference rooms. Bring all medication needed. We do ask that you refrain from any mind-altering substances during the weekend. We also recommend bringing your journal to capture your experience if you would like. You may also want your own water bottle. Bottled water will be available throughout the weekend along with light snacks.
*Please present any media you bring to share at the registration table so we can download it to avoid any technical difficulties. We will return it as soon as possible. Your pictures, etc. will be deleted from our computer after the workshop and never shared with anyone without your permission.
Q: Do you accept additional donations and sponsorship for your organization?
A: Yes, we welcome additional donations, fundraising and sponsorship. Workshop costs do not cover any operating costs of the business or room for growth of the organization. All donations are tax deductible and ensure we can grow and help additional families.
We also have sponsor packets available. If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring a workshop or Cry For Me...No More in general, please let us know.
Have another question? Please email or call us: