Spouses for Couples Retreat
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Helping a Surviving Spouse and Their New Partner Build a Stronger and More Understanding Relationship
C.O.P.S. Spouses for Couples Retreat is planned for surviving spouses and their new spouse/domestic partner *(21 years or older) of law enforcement officers who have 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
For a surviving spouse, beginning a new relationship and allowing yourself to love again can be difficult. When you do find love again, that person may have difficulty supporting you in your grief while living in what may feel like the shadow of a hero.
C.O.P.S. Spouses for Couples Retreat gives couples a safe, comfortable place to recognize the struggles of one another while building a stronger, more understanding foundation for their relationship. While at the retreat, couples will meet licensed mental health professionals who will facilitate sessions that are specific to their needs. Couples will also have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one sessions with these counselors; which encourages a more intimate, specified counseling experience.
C.O.P.S. Spouses for Couples Retreat offers couples the chance to participate in fun and challenging couple-based activities. C.O.P.S. strongly believes in the power of peer support, it is here where you will meet other couples that can truly understand. It is our hope that couples will leave the retreat with an improved perspective and a strengthened connection in their relationship for every day moving forward.
- Blended Families
- Resolving Conflict and Difficult Conversations
- Honoring the Past without Overshadowing the Future
- Building Trust
- Developmental Grief in Children and Teens
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, April 17. 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, April 20, 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 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, and stay through breakfast on Monday, April 20. Meals and activities are planned; no late arrivals or early departures please.