Retreat for Those Left Behind by Suicide

June 15-17, 2018  |  Cost: $185

Grieving & Healing: When a spouse/significant other, child, relative, friend, work colleague or even an acquaintance commits suicide, she or he leaves behind a trail of unanswered questions and pain, all of which makes grieving and healing difficult, if not seemingly impossible, for survivors of this loss. It also places these survivors at a higher risk for suicide.

During this retreat we will approach the mystery that is suicide, exploring some of its physiological, psycho-social, and spiritual dimensions as well as addressing the grieving process. The retreat will offer space for quiet reflection as well as connection with others. There will be a service of remembrance and healing for those who have been lost to us.

“We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Revised 1994, p. 550.)

Catherine Kuschel, M.Div, MAC, LPCC, LADC (MN), is a licensed mental health therapist and drug and alcohol counselor in the State of Minnesota, where she works at a residential treatment facility for women suffering from the co-occurring conditions drug addiction and mental illness. She is also an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church and has had training in spiritual direction.

This retreat begins with Friday supper at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday. Cost includes overnight accommodations and delicious buffet meals.