The first Hazel's Heroes retreat was held on the closest weekend to Hazel’s birthday, May 29, 2014, while I was away. The mothers who attended participated in art therapy, Yoga, group therapy, hiking and sharing.
The best way to show the importance and value of these retreats is to rely on the words of one of the mothers who was in attendance.
“In the months that followed the sudden and unexpected loss of my beautiful 5 year old daughter Lucy, one of the most overwhelming emotions I faced was isolation. The unrelenting feeling, despite all the love and support of my friends and family, that I was in a world where no one understood what I was going through.
Hazel’s Heroes provided me the opportunity to spend time with other moms who have also experienced the loss of child, helping me feel less alone. Something I would have never thought possible in the months following Lucy’s death.
The retreat also gave me the priceless gift of bringing my daughter to life for 2 days. I felt completely comfortable talking about her, whether during meals (which were wonderful), yoga, or hiking. Being given this weekend to only have to be Lucy’s mom is one I will always treasure.”
— KARA, 2017 RETREAT ATTENDEE
I'm a grandfather who lost an infant granddaughter and who wants to help Gillian, her mother, provide support for other grieving parents through Hazel's Heroes.