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New Retreat for parents bereaved by suicide, addiction or substance use

Woodbrooke HouseThere will be a three-day retreat for parents bereaved by suicide, addiction or substance use from Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 July 2016 at Woodbrooke, five miles south of Birmingham.

An opportunity to come and meet with others who understand the pain of the loss of a beloved son or daughter, and to 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 wish. Most of all, this is an opportunity to spend a few days away with people who truly understand what it means to be a parent bereaved in these particularly difficult ways.

Woodbrooke gardenThe venue – Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre – is the Grade II listed former family home of the chocolate maker, George Cadbury, and is located within easy reach of Birmingham city centre. Set in 10 acres of organically managed gardens and woodlands, including a lake and a walled garden, this unique and historic house offers a relaxed and welcoming environment, with a wonderful sense of peace and tranquillity.

Please note that this is not a religious retreat. The Compassionate Friends has no religious affiliation, and we welcome parents from all faith backgrounds and none.

The cost is £235 per person and this includes full board from Monday afternoon tea through to Wednesday after lunch.

Places are limited, so please book early.

If you are a donating (supporting) member of The Compassionate Friends the cost is reduced to £205 per person. (If you are not a donating member, you can join TCF by calling us on 0345 120 3785 (Mon – Fri: 9.30 am – 4.15 pm) to pay your membership and receive the discounted members’ price on this retreat.

Some bursaries are available to help with costs. Please call us or email us to find out more and to request a bursary application form.

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