Frequently Asked Questions
It focuses on your personal spiritual needs, as opposed to the needs of a group.
It requires no sharing of information or story, unless you feel totally comfortable doing so with other parents. It is always acceptable to “pass.”
In focusing on the spiritual perspective in dealing with the death of your child, it seeks to help you to answer such questions as, “Where is God in all of this… Where is God in my life right now… How could God let this happen… Where do I turn now that God has abandoned me… Will I every see my child again… Where is my child right now.. How can I ensure that any good comes from all of this horror…”
It is true, however, that many parents attending our programs forge strong bonds through their common experience and, in some manner, function as a “support group” for each other.
In addition, Catholic Clergy, Religious, and Spiritual Directors serve as Retreat Team Companions, both directly and indirectly. All Retreat Team Companions constantly keep us and our children in prayer. In addition, they serve on individual Retreat Teams in various capacities throughout the year.
The Clergy, Religious, and Spiritual Directors of this ministry freely admit that they cannot know or experience a parent’s pain. They can, however, tremendously assist in our search for some understanding of God’s presence in our experience; they can help us find ways to draw us closer to our absent children; and they can companion us on our journey.
We fully support our Chapters by providing the first few spiritual retreats in total—and supporting them with templates of all materials. Many Chapters will eventually coordinate the ministry and its programs entirely on their own.