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A Time to Remember – Mother Loss Retreat

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A Time to Remember:           A Retreat for Women Whose Mothers have Died

With Joanne Dehmer, SSND

November 10-11, 2017  –  Friday 6:30 pm                                                                                                            through Saturday 4:00 pm

                                                         Benedictine Center                                                                                                      St. Paul’s Monastery

“We mourn the death of our mother all the days of our life.”  Whether our mother died this year or thirty years ago, we grieve.  Some of us grieve what we had and some of us grieve what never was in our relationship with our mother.  This retreat offers women an opportunity to explore the significance of mother loss.

Presenter:  Joanne Dehmer, School Sister of Notre Dame received a Masters Degree in Ministry at Seattle University, WA and spiritual direction training at the Center for Spiritual Development then located in Mankato, MN.  Joanne’s background includes teaching and pastoral care.  She has journeyed with many individuals and families through illness and death, as well as her own experience of loss and grief.

Reflections from daughters …

“Giving ourselves the gift of time to honor our mothers who have died, allows us to  process our feelings and grief without interruption.  As a small group of women, (in our late twenties to early seventies), we prayed, reflected, shared, read, wrote, enjoyed meals together in a beautiful setting, walked outside, and were guided through all these cleansing activities….”

“Whether your Mom passed away 10 months or 10 years ago, it’s so healing to set aside time to acknowledge the significant loss, and celebrate her life as you move ahead with your own.”

“My mother died before I could rebel against her and become an adult. I loved her deeply, but she gave some bad advice that I have had to come to terms with as an adult. Her voice echoes in my heart and I look forward to reuniting with her in a place of peace.”

“My memories of (my Mother) improved  because of this retreat….  Her spirit is alive within me again and it is getting stronger through good memories.”

“My mother died suddenly over forty years ago, and I have been struggling over those years to find meaning in her life and peace in her death. I am profoundly grateful for the new perspectives you and the other women at the retreat have given me.”

“I was blessed with such a deep and healing experience, far more tender and joyful than I could have imagined.  It is never too late to lift the veil and truly see the women who nurtured us, as best they could.”

For more information or to inquire about registration,

please call Joanne at

651-641-0008 ext. 12

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