A faith-based get-away for couples who have experienced the death of a child of all ages.    A weekend filled with hope finding joy again in spite of your heartbreaking loss. 


Friday, February 9, 2024 at 4:00 PM PST
Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 12:00 AM PST

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Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa
325 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Michele Paul
Umbrella Ministries


 Jeannette and Dick Taylor

Men and women typically process grief differently. Many factors affect how we grieve. As couples we need to acknowledge differences and find ways to support one another in love.



  Ann Bennett

Our living children are often referred to as the “forgotten grievers” and need extra love and support during this time.  This workshop will help you understand the grief process siblings, both younger and adult siblings go through. Ideas will be presented to help and comfort your living grieving children.



Most bereaved parents deal with guilt and regret to some extent after the death of a child. Because of the deaths by suicide or drug overdose the grief is sometimes compounded and complicated. This workshop offers practical suggestions that helps any bereaved parent break out of the prison of guilt and regret. 

Offered by Dr. Doug and BJ Jensen



Everyone experiences pain and consequences caused by others. Come learn how to Heal deep hurts. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

The Ayres Hotel & Suites - Costa Mesa is truly a beautiful peaceful setting with complementary wireless internet access and transpertation to the Orange County John Wayne Airport. 

 Dear Mom and Dad, 

We welcome you with open arms and hearts as you come together with other parents who will offer you encouragement and emotional support in a safe haven for couples.  You will receive the tools that can help you learn to grieve together in ways that will strengthen your marriage as husbands and wives grieve so differently. 

We are also parents who have lost a child and it is our greatest desire to offer you encouragement, love and support throughout the weekend. We are looking forward to our journey together making new friends who understand our hearts who are walking on the same road towards hope and healing.               

                                                                                     The Leadership Team

Guest Artist 

Joe and Shaunda Knight

Musician and author, Joe Knight and his wife Shaunda are from Greenville Texas.    It was here that Joe completed a 35 year ministry career as well as a parallel career  in Law Enforcement including a 2-year role as Chief Deputy for his East Texas  County. Trained as a classical pianist, Joe surrendered to full time Christian work   at a young age. In addition to serving several Churches, Joe has also traveled full  time with a music group and as a soloist, produced multiple audio and video recording projects and even produced a Gospel Music show in Branson Missouri.    In March of 2016 Joe resigned his church after 21 years of ministry and along with  his wife set out on THE GREATER JOURNEY to share their unbelievable story of  hope. Joe's ministry only builds on the spirit of hope that they experienced after losing their adult son to cancer. He is the Author of the book TEARS IN A BOTTLE, Lessons from a broken heart." You can worship God in the midst of life's difficulties.

Guest Speakers
Dr. David Page 

Dr. Page is a Pastor, Grief Educator, Speaker and Leadership Coach. He is the Director of Pastoral Care and Campuses at Shepherd Church in Los Angeles. He previously served at Saddleback Church as a Care Pastor and started a Hope for Grief Community. He is the author of The School of Grief: A Guide to Finding Hope, Meaning and Purpose After Loss. Dave is married to his wife, Carrie, and they have three children and live in Simi Valley, CA. Pastor Dave and his wife lost their 5 year old daughter (Jackie) to a brain tumor a number of years ago.

Dr. Doug and BJ Jensen

Dr. Doug and BJ Jensen are the bereaved parent and step parent of baby Jodi JOY  and an adult son, John JAY, who both died tragically. They are International Speakers, American Sign Language Song-Signing Artists, Dramatists, Drama  Writers, and Song Writers. The Jensens are the Authors of 16 books including FINDING HOPE After the Devastating Loss of Beloved Children and have produced 8 videos showcasing the Art of  Song Signing. After Jay's death in 1995, Doug went on to earn his Doctorate in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling. Plus, the author of: Finding Hope After the Devastating Loss of Children AND Famous Lovers in the Bible and marriage secrets we can learn from them.

Dr. Gary and Jorie Gulbranson

Gary and Jorie have been in pastoral ministry for 50 years.  With backgrounds in business, counseling, and teaching, they have had the privilege of speaking at various schools, churches, and conferences in the United States as well as many countries around the world. They have also hosted a tv show and a weekly radio broadcast.  God blessed them with two beautiful daughters.  However, in 1998, their oldest daughter, Marci, age 23, died suddenly of unknown causes after only 3 months of marriage That life-altering event put them on a special mission of bringing hope and healing to those who have lost a child, as well as to those dealing with other forms of grief and loss. 

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The retreat begins Friday evening at 6:00 pm with Dinner and concludes Sunday morning at 11:30 am. The registration fee includes, Dinner Friday night, accommodation at the Ayres Hotel & Suites Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast Saturday morning, lunch, and a beautiful chocolate and candlelight dinner and breakfast Sunday morning. Plus, "Celebrating our Children" candle lighting program and all retreat materials.

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Umbrella Ministries just received a very generous donation to go towards the Couples Retreat next month to make the weekend more affordable for couples to attend.  We are now able to drop the registration fee to $300.00 per couple!  This fee is less then half the price of the conference, including two nights lodging, five meals, and all conference materials.  God is so good providing this wonderful gift to our grieving couples and we are so grateful!”
Registration Fee:  $300.00 per Couple

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Couple's Registration 

Please click the button above to register online using your credit card. 

Please note:  You may also register on-line and mail your check to:  Umbrella Ministries, P.O. Box 4906, Palm Springs, CA 92263