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Theresa67

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Review for Wings of Hope Living Forward Inc, Gilbertsville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When my son Cpl Brandon S Bowles came home safely from war, not once, but TWICE, I thought he would make it through anything! Sadly, while driving home for spring break from college, he overcorrected a curvy country road, went of the other side and perished!
A year and a half later, I found out that an online group I was recently a member of, got together for retreats a few times a year. At that point, all I could think about was joining my son, I just wanted to stay in bed till I died!
My husband and I took our income tax that year and paid for a retreat. They were out of sponsorship funding at that time.
At the retreat, I learned that most of my thoughts and feelings were shared by other parents there. We not only grieved together, but we laughed too! We are in a setting that requires us to be with each other, talking, therapy groups led by one of the founders Shirley who is a licensed grief counselor. As well as discussions led by our spiritual guru (lol) Renee. We do many group activities, an excursion or two, usually in a beautiful mansion on the beach!
I feel like I woke up and was thawing, I was learning to live again, to find purpose out off my terrible sadness!
Now, almost 3 years later, I'm doing fundraising here in Kentucky, to help send parents to these amazing retreats with Wings of Hope Living Forward. Their purpose to me is about saving lives! They saved mine!

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Wings of Hope Living Forward Inc, Gilbertsville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After the death of my only son, I was so lost in grief and the pain had become unbearable! Counseling helped very little, as I later understood that unless you've lost a child...then how can you truly empathize and understand the pain and daily struggles just to get out of bed!
By chance I found this group online that offered support through sharing our pain, experiences, strength and hope! The group was so loving and supportive, and so many parents were on there reaching out to each other...because it was okay to bare your soul on there, without judgement, ridicule or being abandoned...as many of us were experiencing with even our closest family and friends!
Wings oh Hope Living Forward took our great longing to be heard and understood, and created events where parents could all come together and meet!
My first retreat was amazing! I made lifelong friends of all walks of life, but we shared the same pain of grief and daily struggles to learn how to live without our precious child!
We all stay in a huge mansion style place, where many of us even share sleeping quarters... We bond, share meals, laugh and cry together, we hug, love and support each other! There is a licensed Grief Counselor present the entire week long retreat, and she is one of the founders and is amazing!
I am so grateful for this group of parents, together, we save lives, and learn how to live again, while keeping our Childs spirit alive!
Most respectfully,
Theresa Bowles-Schweizer

Role:  Client Served