Joyful Again!

A Joyful Again! Chicago Retreat
A two-day workshop for widows and widowers of all faiths and ages.

Should I attend?

  • Whether you’ve been widowed at least four months or many, many years
  • If you’ve attended other grief support groups, but still wonder “will it ever get better?”
  • When you are stuck or feeling guilty
  • If you are ready to reflect on the impact your spouse’s death has had on your own life
  • If you are open to sharing your story, and hearing from others who’ve been widowed

The Weekend Experience


A 2-day workshop and spiritual retreat

Unlike other grief support groups following the death of a loved one, Joyful Again! is only for widows and widowers. Each segment along the way is facilitated by a staff member who is compassionate and understanding. Each member of our staff has also been widowed: They have walked the walk.

Weekends typically run from 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Depending on the dates and facility you select, there may be overnight accommodations.


  • Welcoming peer ministers
  • Video presentations
  • Private journaling
  • Small group sharing
  • Fellowship, meals and snacks
  • Optional prayer service
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I will always miss my wife, but the guilt about being “OK” is going away.

- Married 6 years -


The presentations and exercises are designed to help you recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your husband or wife.

Prayer, Forgiveness, Thanksgiving

Following the conclusion of workshop sessions, you are invited to join in an optional prayer services or Liturgy. While our founders were Catholic, we are an ecumenical organization. Our participants are usually a mix of people of various persuasions. The prayer services are the last items in each day’s program and can be skipped if you prefer.

What does it cost?

  • $98 is the usual donation, which includes 5 meals and refreshments.
  • Overnight lodging in a private room, when available, is an additional $40.
  • Cost adjustments may be available for special circumstances.
  • Preregistration is required.