Please join us at Luella's Lodge located at 7397 E 1500 North Rd in Oakwood, Illinois for a grief support retreat. Parents of all types and age of loss are welcome; this includes miscarriage through adult children. Also, there is no "expiration" on your grief, whether your child passed away 2 days ago or 20 years ago, you are welcome to attend.
Being with other bereaved parents allows for a special connection and a chance to share our wonderful children. During the retreat, you will have an opportunity to participate in several whole group and small group discussions.
Meditation & Relaxation
Meditate, relax and rejuvenate through holistic practices such as yoga, massage and breathwork.
Explore the Outdoors
The Lodge sits on 10 private acres with a small private lake. We have kayaks and hiking trails to enjoy nature, allowing for reflection and meditation.
Parents who attend a retreat receive care packages with items like a journal for reflection, remembrance candle, cozy socks, Luella's Lodge t-shirt, self-care items and an item personalized with their beloved
Memorial Projects and Activities
Parents have opportunities to create beautiful art to memorialize our beloved children. Examples include painting rocks & birdhouses, ceramics and beaded jewelry. Parents also have the opportunity to engage in activities to remember their children such as grief altar & bundle ritual, candle lighting and candle release.
To encourage those connections created during retreats, we host online Zoom support groups for all of our retreat alumni, which we schedule and lead. It's a great opportunity to maintain connections and to meet other parents who attended a different retreat!
What can you expect during a retreat at Luella's Lodge?
The following cost includes meals/drinks/snacks during your stay, a shared or private room and all activities.
Mothers retreats (4 days/3 nights): $450 per person total.
Couples retreats (3 days/2 nights): $400 per couple total.
Family retreat (4 days/3 nights): $750 per family total.
Dads retreat (2 days/1 night): $150 per dad.
We require a deposit of $75 when making your reservation. Of that, $25 is a non-refundable registration fee and the remaining $50 will go towards the cost of your stay.
Scholarships are Available
If the cost of the retreat poses a financial burden, please complete this application. We never want the cost to hinder someone enjoying a retreat at the lodge
" I had the most relaxing, peaceful, healing weekend! I will absolutely recommend Luella’s Lodge to other grieving parents!"
"Getting the swag bag was such a special treat. It along with the personalized note I left in my room made me immediately feel welcome."
"5 star accommodations!"
"The beds were very comfortable. The room was very neat! I enjoyed the large windows and sitting outside. If the weather was a little nicer I would have enjoyed working with Hunter outside. The lantern lighting was awesome!!"