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Retreat Weekend for Parents in Early Bereavement

For recently bereaved parents - approximately under 3 years or less

Retreat Weekend for Parents in Early Bereavement

Willersley Castle Hotel, Matlock, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 5JH.
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13 January 2017, 16.00 – 15 January 2017, 14.00

Willersley Castle Hotel, Derbyshire


Please telephone or email our office on 0345 120 3785 or info@tcf.org.uk to go on the waiting list for places. There are sometimes cancellations or extra rooms made available so please do get in touch if you would like to come.

This retreat weekend is aimed especially at those parents who are in the first few years of bereavement.

Come and meet with others who understand, and immerse yourself in the comfort and warmth of a dedicated team of bereaved parent supporters.

The two days will be a mixture of discussions and activities which you are free to participate in as much or as little as you want. Most of all, this is an opportunity to spend a few days away with people who truly understand what it means to be a bereaved parent.

Parents who came to the Retreat in January 2016 have commented:

"This has truly been a weekend of compassion and friendship...Being amongst recently bereaved parents, but with the kindness, support and wisdom of those further along the path was exactly the right mix".

"It has been wonderful being with people who understand and be able to share our stories and lovely memories of our lovely children".

"I am so glad I came to the TCF weekend. My son passed away 3 months ago so it has been a real comfort to me meeting people who have been through the same awful thing".

"A wonderful, caring atmosphere. All the volunteers made us all feel so welcome and loved, with our children at the very heart of this gathering".

"...everything was well run and done so in a very sympathetic way. All the people attending, including those from compassionate friends, were all bereaved parents or siblings. It mattered not if you became upset or cried. Everyone there knew how we felt. No masks were put on or had to be put on".


Willersley Castle Hotel occupies a magnificent position on the edge of the Peak District overlooking the River Derwent, within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, just south of the spa town of Matlock Bath. There is a railway station nearby in Cromford. We can arrange lifts from the station.

The price per person varies according to type of room.

For donating members of TCF:


A standard room is £166 per person for the weekend. (These are lovely rooms, but can be a little smaller than the superior rooms and do not have views of the Derwent valley).

(For non-donating members of TCF the cost is £219 per person for a superior room, and £196 for a standard room. Donating membership is £30 per year – and these prices include one year donating membership of TCF). To join TCF as a donating member click here.

These rates cover full board from Friday afternoon tea through to Sunday lunch. There will be a licenced bar (at additional cost).

We ask for full payment at time of booking. If this causes you hardship please let us know and we may be able to help.

PLACES ARE LIMITED - please book early.

You can download more information and a booking form to print and send to us here.

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