Persons grieving the recent or past death of a loved one are invited to attend a day retreat to explore loss, grief and the recovery of hope. Sister Judith Jackson, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), will facilitate the retreat on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marillac Center, Leavenworth, Kan.
Sister Judith, who has extensive experience as a healthcare leader and chaplain, understands grief as a journey through darkness to healing. Using guided reflection, prayer and faith sharing, she will help identify ways people of faith can emerge into the light with a renewed sense of hope.
Her facilitation will include reflection on an understanding of grief and its significance; the connection of spirituality and grief; and a deepening of faith. She will tie in themes related to the liturgical observances of All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). She also will weave in an appreciation of the seasons of creation as expressive of the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
“It’s been my life’s privilege to accompany so many individuals on their life journeys, to hear their sacred stories, to minister at the time of death, and to support them and their loved ones as they cope with anticipatory grief and the sorrow that comes with separation,” she says.
Sister Judith has been a teacher, administrator, hospital and hospice chaplain, and healthcare leader in mission/ministry formation/end of life issues. Relying on God’s grace, she has blended the teaching and healing elements of the Gospel message. She has presented widely and serves as a reflector and storyteller. Sister Judith has a master’s degree in spirituality from Creighton University and an advanced internship in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Donation for the Nov. 3 day retreat is $35 and includes lunch. All are welcome, and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, visit marillaccenter.org; or call 913-680-2342. Registration deadline is Oct. 26.