top of page
Bereaved Mom Retreat

Fri, May 05


Das Dutchman Essenhaus - Dawdy Haus


Biblical hope and support for bereaved moms who have a experienced the loss of a baby up to one-year old. **(see information below on pregnancy loss)

Registration is currently closed. You will be added to the wait list.
or register for next retreat

Time & Location

May 05, 6:00 PM EDT – May 07, 10:30 AM EDT

Das Dutchman Essenhaus - Dawdy Haus, 240 US-20, Middlebury, IN 46540

About the Retreat

GriefHope is a Christian retreat for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child. The retreat is designed to offer support from a biblical perspective for the unique grief associated with child loss. 

GriefHope is intentionally designed as a small group weekend experience (5-6 women), consisting of structured and unstructured sessions to provide opportunities for fellowship, reflection, and growth. The retreat is located in northern Indiana, in the heart of Amish country, at a private retreat center with six private rooms, each with a queen bed and private bath. 


GriefHope is led by Shawnda Freer. Shawnda is a wife and mother who has been a Christian most of her life. Her professional background is in counseling and education. Married for 33 years, she and her husband, Keith have two children, Meghan & Andrew. Andrew is a recent college graduate, navigating young adulthood. In May of 2018, at the age of 21, Meghan went to Heaven. Child loss opened new areas of understanding about the character of God, the hope of Jesus, the truth of Scripture, and the pain of grief for Shawnda and she now comes alongside bereaved mothers to grieve, grow, and learn together.


Recommendations for GriefHope from former participants:

"The comradery of those who, by experience, share your grief journey is priceless. I highly recommend the retreat."

"Don't be afraid to come and share, listen and encourage one another. It is so good to be with others who understand your deep sorrow. The retreat stresses Jesus is also a man of sorrow and understands what we are feeling."

"You are not alone. There's peace to know you can reach out to another grieving mother."

"Being with other grieving mothers allowed me to grieve in a safe place with women who knew my pain."

"I was scared to share my most intimate feelings of the loss of my son. However, every mom in attendance had felt the same. I am so pleased to have attended and been open to what God had in store for me."

"This weekend has been incredily impactful as I learned to hear Jesus within my sorrow....How I could see and trust His purpose & love within this time of grief. It is not wasted...I am not alone."

"My eyes have been opened; my heart poured out to others that understand my grief. What a weekend! Thank you Jesus."


Cost - $375 plus Sat. lunch & Sat. dinner (includes 2 nights lodging, Sat. & Sun. breakfast, and retreat materials)

Financial Assistance - We do not want the cost of the retreat to be prohibitive for anyone; please be assured that the cost is not inflated beyond the actual costs incurred for the retreat. We understand the sensitive nature of asking for assistance but often, family & friends welcome an opportunity to serve you in your grief. We suggest that you ask one family member or friend to serve as a point person to which other friends and family members can contribute toward your retreat cost. Once the full amount is collected and distributed to you, you can register for the retreat.

Wait List - once a retreat is full, you may still register for that retreat to be placed on the wait list. No payment is required at the time of registration. If there is a cancellation, the wait list members will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis to join the retreat. If there are no cancellations, those on the wait list will be given priority registration for the following retreat.


**Pregnancy Loss - We deeply empathize with any parent who has experienced child loss, of any age and by any means. Child loss is devastating and we in no way minimize the loss for any parent. If you have experienced the loss of an infant due to miscarriage or stillbirth, you are welcome to attend this GriefHope retreat with infant loss focus, as long as you are comfortable sharing with other mothers whose babies passed away after birth. We do share a photo of our child. If you do not have a photo, you are welcome to share something else that represents your baby.  

**Please note, the other GriefHope retreats that do not have an infant focus are not suited to address the specific needs of mothers who have experienced loss due to miscarriage or stillbirth.


Our prayer is that each mom will find biblical hope, peace, and community through GriefHope

'We do not grieve as those who have no hope.' ~ I Thess. 4:13

We look forward to meeting you! 

If you have further questions, please contact Shawnda Freer at


The fees and cancellation policy, attendance policy and release of liability/disclaimer policy are available on the event registration form.

GriefHope Weekend Schedule

  • 30 minutes

    Arrival and Check In: details emailed one week prior to retreat date ~ please check your email!

  • 2 hours 30 minutes

    Session 1 ~ Grief Stories: sharing the stories of our children

11 more items available

Share This Event

bottom of page