Love Knows No Death™ - Fall Grief Transformation Retreat™ 2023

October 6th, 2023 - October 8th, 2023


As featured in the Netflix series 'Surviving Death,' this is a very special all-inclusive weekend of like-minded people and experienced facilitators coming together to SHARE, LEARN, EXPLORE, AND DISCOVER. This retreat features a cast of extraordinary mediums and will feature a combination of small break-out sessions and general presentations, all designed to open minds to the reality that there is life beyond physical death. This retreat will be limited to a maximum of 50 attendees, and smaller break-out sessions will further enhance the overall experience. 

 The all-inclusive retreat rates include lodging (except for commuter rates), parking, meals and snacks and all sessions for the weekend. Meals begin with Friday night dinner and end with Sunday lunch. The sessions end on Sunday at 5:30 PM.Includes lodging for Friday and Saturday night.


Friday, October 6, 2023 at 4:00 PM PDT
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 5:30 PM PDT

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Sonesta Silicon Valley 
1820 Barber Ln
Milpitas, CA 95035

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Previous Attendees Share

  • "I was lucky enough to attend their annual grief retreat in July and it was an experience that helped me tremendously. Being around people who were going through the same thing as me and searching for answers and contact from our loved ones. I love that they focus on science and proof that our consciousness survives our physical body."
  • "I attended a Forever Family retreat in Connecticut and it truly changed my life! Beautiful setting, warm, caring, knowledgeable staff and presenters, and great food and accommodations. Can't wait to go back!" - Marita
  • "I attended the weekend conference last July and the information, love and compassion I received from the FFF and their volunteers exceeded my expectations. I hope more people in need of their services find them - I am so grateful I did!" - Lisa
  • "Once again, FFF has run an invaluable retreat which has helped me immensely in dealing with my profound grief." - Donna G

Grief Retreat Frequently Asked Questions

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About Your Weekend Accomodations

A limited block of rooms has been set aside for retreat attendees, and that block will expire on September 6, 2023.  Beyond that date, at the option of the hotel, the room rate may increase, thereby increasing the currently listed reservation rates.  

Hotel Amenities

  • Heated outdoor pool with sun deck and lounge chairs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • The Pantry- available for grab and go snacks
  • Health & Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • FREE parking
  • FREE Lyft Service to and from San Jose International Airport and within 5 mile radius to select local attractions

Milpitas Travel Information

 EXTENDING YOUR STAY AT THE HOTEL!  If your travel requires additional nights at the hotel,  a special rate of $104 will be honored  for retreat attendees for 3 days before and after the retreat and is based on guestroom availability. You can also book additional nights directly on line at these booking links: Pre Stay 10/04-10/06/2023 OR Post Stay 10/08-10/10/2022

*IMPORTANT*- Please use the same name as that used in reserving your space in the retreat, and be sure to reserve your retreat space first.

FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE!  For those arriving at San Jose International Airport (SJC) please call the hotel (1-408-943-9080) once you have met with your luggage and you will be directed to the area where Lyft Services will be waiting to take you on your short trip to the hotel.

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Forever Family Foundation

Forever Family Foundation is a Global 100% volunteer non-profit, non-sectarian organization that supports the premise that life does not end with physical death, furthers the understanding of Afterlife Scie nce and survival of consciousness, and offers support to the bereaved.  Among the active members of the organization and the executive board are scientists, researchers, medical doctors, philosophers and educators who have devoted substantial parts of their careers to the investigation of the survival hypothesis - an existence beyond this physical world.  

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Forever Family Foundation, Inc. 


Joseph P Shiel III #FFFCertifiedMedium Joseph P. Shiel III- Forever Family Foundation Certified Medium

Joseph Shiel is a highly regarded Evidential Medium and Spirit Artist internationally known for his accuracy and integrity, Joe is considered one of the foremost authorities on Spirit Artistry and is recognized the world over for his Spirit Portraits, referred to by many as "Portraits from Heaven."  Joe shares his remarkable talents with students and audiences worldwide, and his talents are also expressed in his Fine Art, Music and Poetry. It is through creativity that he has come to understand the language of Spirit in a deeply unique and vibrant way. Joe is the author of "Edge of Wilderness - You are My Poems, Prayers and Songs."

Connie Fusella- Forever Family Foundation Certified Medium


Connie Fusella has had spiritual awareness and experiences since she was a small child.  In her early 20’s, an allergic reaction to medication led to a near death experience which intensified her intuitive abilities. Continual self-improvement and training enabled her to develop into a credible Evidential Medium.

Forever Family Foundation Certified Medium Sirry Berndsen Sirry Berndsen- Forever Family Foundation Certified Medium


Sirrư has been blessed with the gift of mediumship throughout her life. Since childhood, she has recognized her remarkable clairvoyance, empathy and vivid dreams. In time, she came to embrace her unique abilities, and use the gift to heal and comfort those who had lost loved ones through the power of mediumship and support with bereavement.

Joe Perreta-  Forever Family Foundation Certified Medium


Joe Perreta's goal is to leave his clients spiritually, mentally, and emotionally healthier than before meeting with him. As a teen, he started having prophetic dreams and visions, but did not embrace his mediumship and went on to college, graduating with a degree in music. With the help of mentors, he later received the validation he needed to continue on his life path. Since then, Joe has been working tirelessly to bring spirit closer to everyone here in the physical world.  Word spread about his abilities, and he now has a successful mediumship practice in New York. He communicates evidential messages from discarnate entities, as he believes this is the key in proving to his clients that their loved ones still exist.


Dr. Mo Theresa Hannah

Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, PhD.

Dr. Mo Hannah is a full- time professor of psychology at Sienna College a maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist in the Albany area of NY State. She is on the Academic Advisory Board of FFF and has volunteered her services to the foundation in many capacities as she uses her knowledge to help support those in grief. She has authored or edited numerous books, articles, and presentations revolving around many psychological topics, including grief therapy. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Induced After Death Communication (IADC), and cognitive behavioral approaches, among others.

Loyd Auerbach, MS

Loyd Auerbach MS, is a world-recognized paranormal expert/parapsychologist with a graduate degree in Parapsychology and thousands of media appearances. He is the author or coauthor of nine paranormal books including Psychic Dreaming, Mind Over Matter, ESP Wars: East & West, The Ghost Detectives’ Guide to Haunted San Francisco, and the classic ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists. He is President of the Forever Family Foundation (since 2013), and Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations (since 1989). A professor at Atlantic University and National University (formerly JFK University). He can be seen on Netflix in the 2021 series Surviving Death. Twitter: @profparanormal, Facebook:, YouTube Channels: &

Tom Gould, JD and Melissa Gould MS, GC-C 

Tom Gould JD is a co-host of The Gathering Show on Signs of Life Radio.  He is a musician, educator, lawyer, and spiritual explorer.  He has been a volunteer for the Forever Family Foundation since 2004 and has been instrumental in the success of all of the Grief Retreats.

Melissa Gould MS, GC-C is a co-host of The Gathering on Signs of Life Radio.  Her life-long interest in the afterlife and anything paranormal brought her to the Forever Family Foundation soon after it formed. She has a certification in Grief Counseling, is a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, and continues to study Grief Education.  Melissa is a Special Education therapist, the creator of Hugz from Heaven, and the author of a children’s book, Dream Job.



Bob Ginsberg Co-founder Forever Family Foundation Bob Ginsberg- Co-Founder of Forever Family Foundation and Author

Bob is Co-Founder of Forever Family Foundation and a student of evidence for life after death. He is the author of "The Medium Explosion," host of Signs of Life Radio, past editor of Signs of Life Magazine, and directs the foundation's Medium Evaluation Certifications Process. He writes a Blog at

Grief Transformation Retreats
Forever Family Foundation Grief Retreats are designed as a complete experience. The weekend includes Spirit Communication, but also exposes the attendee to the various ways that we can continue our relationship with those loved ones who have crossed before us.  Attendees whose focus is solely on the medium readings are cautioned that the nature of mediumship is such that there are never guarantees that all in attendance will receive a reading. The focus at the retreat is on the total healing process, and those who wish only to make a medium connection to a loved one in spirit are urged to seek the services of a medium for a private reading in a different venue.