Young Adult Retreat 2017

Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Young Adult Retreat 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017 - Saturday, August 05, 2017

BWI Airport Marriott
(410) 859-8300
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090
United States

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It is our pleasure to invite you to our annual Young Adult Retreat for children and siblings (ages 18-25) of fallen firefighters. The Retreat will be held at The BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore, from Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5. Thursday is the travel day, with a welcome dinner and introductions that evening at the hotel. We will have a full-day program on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, including an activity off site on Saturday. You can travel home on Sunday, August 6, or extend your stay to tour the local area on your own.

This year’s retreat will feature Baltimore-based mental health professionals Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, founders and co-authors of the What’s Your Grief website. Eleanor and Litsa have 10+ years of experience in grief and bereavement, and both experienced the early death of a parent. They created What’s Your Grief in response to the lack of resources and support they encountered during their own experience of loss. The organization’s mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.

When a parent or sibling dies, the relationship doesn’t end. As the survivor continues to live, the bonds and connections continue. This retreat will focus on those continuing bonds and how we can carry the best of that relationship and that person forward with us, even as we grieve the loss. You will have the opportunity to meet and share with other young people who have had similar experiences. We will also include some practical “adulting” skills and some time for fun.

This retreat is provided free of charge to eligible survivors. In addition, the Foundation will reimburse up to $300 of travel expenses and provide lodging for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore; meals are included.  You will arrive at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) or the BWI Airport Amtrak station, and there is a shuttle from the airport to the hotel. If you drive, there is free parking at the hotel.

Due to the age range of participants, this is an alcohol-free event; participants are expected to refrain from using alcohol or furnishing alcohol to underage participants for the duration of the retreat.

Please register by July 10, 2017. 

Registration will automatically reserve your room. Space is limited, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed after the Retreat.


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