Joyful Again! MembersI felt welcome the moment I picked up my name badge. I knew this experience would be okay. The topics were well presented and in a good sequential order. They built upon each other and were very relevant. The format of listening, writing and sharing greatly assisted in addressing my grief.

I felt like I needed a safe place to go to share my feelings of loss. It has been a very helpful experience to learn from others, especially during the small group sharing.

I loved my wife dearly and still feel that she is a big part of my life.

I am not ready to let her go, but I also know that I need to put more balance in my life now without her being here.

I saw the weekend retreat advertised in my parish bulletin. I immediately felt as if my spouse was speaking to me and God was telling me “Now is your time.”

Life is about beginnings and I’m so grateful for all that has gotten me to this new beginning. I am not Catholic, but I felt truly welcomed and totally comfortable, as the Joyful Again Program is ecumenical.

I was one of those people who wanted to back out the morning of Joyful Again! I am so glad I came. I was very angry inside, not outside, and it became evident in my journaling. As I answered questions and listened to the group I realized that I was not alone.

A friend asked me to come with them to the program. I’m not too good at sharing my life with others, but I felt safe and my experience was better than I expected.

I was so glad to hear about the Joyful Again! retreat . I liked the idea of 2-days and an overnight. I just seemed to know that it would help me and it did.

I thought I needed some help! Now I know I did!

I leave wiser and thankful!

Click to view the Joyful Again Introduction Video.

The stories of four people who have experienced the loss of their spouse. Their reflections.


 " I felt like I needed a safe place to go to share my feelings of loss. 
It has been a very helpful experience to learn from others, especially during the small group  sharing."