THE BEREAVEMENT CRUISE 2019

 

I'm taking grief to the open seas March 3-10, 2019! Join me and nineteen other grief experts as we lead workshops, seminars, and grief walks onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. The Bereavement Cruise is everything a cruise offers—plus the space, community, and tools to process your most devastating losses.

Journeys of Hope Healing Health Shelby Forsythia
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FAQ

So what is the Bereavement Cruise?
It's a once-a-year event that brings together grievers and grief professionals for a week of healing and community onboard a five-star cruise.

When does the cruise set sail? And where are we going?
Bereavement Cruise 2019 is sailing March 3-10, 2019. The ship is departing from Port Canaveral and going to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico.

What does the Bereavement Cruise offer?
Activities include evening small groups called "Circles of Hope," healing seminars and workshops at sea, group activities and art projects, scheduled remembrance walks under the stars, mindfulness and meditation sessions, yoga, and the option to scatter a loved one's cremains at sea.

Do I have to attend every Bereavement Cruise offering?
No. You pick and choose which events you would like to attend. Many seminars and workshops are scheduled twice (or more) to allow everyone the opportunity to attend.

How did the Bereavement Cruise start? (aka Who's in charge of this thing?!)
The Bereavement Cruise is a collaboration between Linda Findlay (founder of Mourning Discoveries) and Glen Lord (founder of The Grief Toolbox). Linda launched the first Bereavement Cruise in 2016 as a way to connect grieving hearts to the hope, healing, and community they need—plus make memories and find joy through the atmosphere of a tropical cruise vacation. Glen came onboard in 2018.

What types of losses are covered on the cruise?
The Bereavement Cruise is for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. While there are other losses (divorce, diagnosis, etc.) that rock our lives and break our hearts, the cruise specifically honors loss due to death.

What workshop are you leading onboard?
I'm hosting a seminar called Honoring Secondary Grief: Saying Goodbye to Lost Health, Creativity, or Identity After Loss. It's a hybrid workshop that's part writing exercise and part guided meditation. It acknowledges, validates, and releases the secondary, layered, or invisible things we lose in the aftermath of major losses.

Who else is presenting on the cruise?
You can find a complete list of presenters here.

What amenities are included on the Oasis of the Seas?
Check out the Oasis of the Seas website here.

How much does it cost?
The Bereavement Cruise seminar fee is $300.00 plus the cost of a stateroom on the Oasis of the Seas. Staterooms vary in price based on their location on the ship (interior, ocean view, balcony, etc.) and change in price as the departure date draws closer. Staterooms fill up quickly, so book sooner rather than later!

For more information on pricing, contact Linda Findlay.

What if I have more questions?
Check out these pages on the Bereavement Cruise's website:
■ Additional Information
■ FAQs
■ Testimonials

Ready to set sail?
Click below to fill out an information request—no commitment!

 

Just for Fun

I did a Facebook LIVE video on how I got involved with the Bereavement Cruise and the workshop I'm teaching.

I got interviewed on The Cruise Geeks podcast about the 2019 Bereavement Cruise! Our segment starts at 15:36.

Bereavement Cruise founder Linda Findlay gives a brief overview of the 2019 cruise including ports of call and the highlight of the cruise: Night of Remembrance.

Check out this Bereavement Cruise testimonial from presenter Mitch Carmody (aka Mr. Heartlight), who interviewed a woman from the 2018 cruise!

 

But wait... 
There's more!

Season 4 of Coming Back is 100% devoted to highlighting the amazing presenters sharing the Bereavement Cruise with me. Tune in beginning September 5 to hear their loss stories as well as the seminars they've created for you to enjoy.

Bereavement Cruise Spotlight Shelby Forsythia