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Grieving Life as We Know It

This is a day-long retreat for patients and their loved ones who are adapting to changes and challenges in their life due to a serious illness or a life-threatening diagnosis.

A long-term illness forces one to let go of the way things used to be and embrace the highs and lows along with the challenges and triumphs the disease offers. This retreat will explore ways to honor the grief and loss experienced while searching for wholeness.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
The cost of $55 includes $15 non-refundable deposit, handouts, and mid-day meal.
Partial scholarships are available; please inquire.


Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses Grief Support Services and is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling. She  is the Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, a program supporting children and families impacted by loss. Melissa has companioned adults and children as individuals and in support group, workshops and retreat settings focusing on enhancing one’s holistic well-being. Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Tesha Urban, MAPC, is a second-career chaplain and spiritual companion who awakened to her vocation from her own journey through personal grief and losses. She serves as a hospital chaplain in the Milwaukee area, and she holds workshops  to inspire wholeness and healing for people with life challenging conditions. She has served as both a facilitator and member of grief groups. Tesha completed an MA in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. Tesha is a licensed minister with the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa and is a Racine Dominican associate.

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Grieving Life as We Know It

$15.00 deposit required
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