A few short weeks after our signature Giving for Joy Gala fundraising event, we jumped right into the reason we do the fundraising! Because of all of you generous donors we provided another retreat for bereaved parents. Just yesterday (Monday) eight more parents flew back home after spending a week on Kaua’i.
How do we tackle the hard work of healing? It’s next to impossible to capture the essence of what happens when parents come ready to work and bond over shared grief, struggles, and healing. Instead I’ll attempt to give a snapshot of the structure of the retreat.
During our time together we work through the themes of Honoring the Past, Living in the Moment, and Embracing the Future. Each morning after breakfast, a quote kicks off the day’s theme which is followed by an activity that elicits further reflection and discussion. From there, most days parents are free to relax and sink into joy and peace as they explore the island and connect with other parents. In the afternoon, we gather for a family style dinner and evening activity. In each activity we do, we weave honoring the memory of the deceased children into embracing present day joys of life. And here’s the beautiful thing…
As each individual does the healing work alongside other parents doing the same, they build trust and a safe space to ask and share with one another. They swap sad stories, they laugh over funny ones. They ask each other things like, “What do you say when people ask how many children you have?” They build a new ‘ohana (family) of support and love.
Ready to see a few pictures of what it looks like???
WE KICK OFF EVERY RETREAT WITH A TRIP TO LIMAHULI GARDEN WHERE WE NOT ONLY HONOR THE PAST OF EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD, BUT OF THE ISLAND OF KAUA’I THAT PROVIDES SO MUCH HEALING.
THIS CROWD FOUND PLENTY TO DO ON THE BEACH EVERY DAY. SURFING, BOOGIE BOARDING, SNORKELING, KAYAKING, CATCHING A FEW RAYS. NO MATTER THE ACTIVITY, THEY ENJOYED EACH OTHER.
THANKS TO YOU bereaved parents rediscovered happiness, found healing and connected with other grieving parents through two retreats this year. And we are so very grateful!
If you are looking to make year end donations will you consider ‘Ohana Oasis?
MAKE A SPECIAL YEAR-END DONATION OF $10, $50, $100, OR A HIGHER TO HELP US SERVE MORE OF THE MANY PARENTS ON OUR GROWING WAITING LIST.
THE NEED There are over 150 parents on the ‘Ohana Oasis waiting list
THE GOAL To add a third retreat to host 8 parents to 2018’s calendar
THE COST Even with many generous in-kind donations, it costs approximately $2,500 -$3,000 per parent or $20,000-$24,000 per retreat in donated funds.
THE RESULT Providing peace, restoration and rediscovering joy to bereaved parents.
You see, even though we hosted two retreats this year, our waiting listed grew by eight more retreats worth of parents! Every retreat sees this kind of exponential growth as alumni parents share the positive impact of ‘Ohana Oasis with others. Your support makes a tangible and lasting impact on the lives of parents trying to rediscover happiness.
Or send your contribution to: ‘Ohana Oasis P.O. Box 758, Kilauea, HI 96754
P.S. Can’t find a Christmas gift for the people who have everything? Make a donation to ‘Ohana Oasis in their name or in honor of one of their loved ones! We’ll send a card notifying them and direct them to a link to our ‘Ohana Wall where they can view their name. Will you make a gift of $10, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal? Click here to make your donation now!