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A Weekend of Support and Fun Between Men and Women Undergoing the Same Challenges
C.O.P.S. Spouses Retreat is planned for surviving spouses of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, as determined by C.O.P.S. criteria.
What to Expect
After losing their spouse to a line-of-duty death, surviving spouses can be faced with difficulties such as altered life plans, raising children, and/or learning to live alone. At C.O.P.S. Spouses Retreat, you will spend the weekend bonding and receiving support from other peers who genuinely know how you feel.
C.O.P.S. Spouses Retreat provides a comfortable, safe place to unwind in a stress-free environment. It is here that you will meet licensed mental health professionals that can provide the tools needed to manage your grief every day in your future, they will facilitate various sessions that are designed to meet your needs, and even offer private one-on-one counseling if requested.
You will also get the chance to participate in fun activities that may challenge your limits and relax in group activities that encourage a continued support system beyond the retreat. By attending Spouses Retreat, you will leave with an increased sense of self-awareness and personal growth.
- Preparing for Trial and Post-Conviction Rights
- Managing Relationships with Others Who are Grieving
- Anxiety – How to Regain a Sense of Control
- Who Am I Now
- Five Healthy Techniques to Manage Stress
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, September 25. 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, September 28, 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, September 25, and stay through breakfast on Monday, September 28. Meals and activities are planned; no late arrivals or early departures please.