Adult Children’s Retreat
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A Weekend of Fun with Indoor/Outdoor Activities
C.O.P.S. Adult Children’s Retreat is planned for surviving adult children and their spouse/domestic partner* (21 years or older) of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, as determined by C.O.P.S. criteria.
*Domestic Partner is defined as a long term committed legal or interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life (i.e., not just a boy/girlfriend).
What to Expect
Whether a surviving adult child lost their parent when they were young or as an adult they struggle with their loss as they experience significant milestones throughout their life. C.O.P.S. Adult Children’s Retreat is designed to help you through your grief and give you the tools you need to handle these difficult reminders as well as any others that you may encounter in the future.
At this retreat, you will meet and bond with other adult children who can offer peer support because they truly understand what you’re going through. Licensed mental health professionals will be available to support you by offering various sessions that are planned specifically for your needs. They will also provide any one-on-one counseling as requested.
C.O.P.S. Adult Children’s Retreat will give you a chance to relax in a setting that is removed from your everyday life, while also allowing you to experience fun and challenging activities. In the past, participants have been given the opportunity to do ceramics, go kayaking, play paintball, and even ride sail boats. It is our hope that you will leave the retreat with a profound sense of personal growth and an incredible support system for the future.
- The Grief Process – Childhood to Adulthood
- Anxiety – How to Regain a Sense of Control
- Tools for Effective Communication
- Grief and Spirituality
- How to Help your Spouse/Significant Other
If you are flying: You should plan to arrive at St. Louis Lambert Airport (STL) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13. You will be met by a C.O.P.S. representative at the airport and transported to the YMCA Trout Lodge by bus. You will be transported back to the St. Louis Airport on Monday, November 16, by 11:30 a.m. Please be sure your return flight is AFTER 12:30 p.m. to allow time for check-in and security checks.
If you are driving: You will need to arrive at the YMCA Trout Lodge between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, and stay through breakfast on Monday, November 16. Meals and activities are planned; no late arrivals or early departures please.