Love Knows No Death™ - Winter Grief Transformation Retreat™ 2019


This is a very special all-inclusive weekend of like-minded people and experienced facilitators coming together to SHARE, LEARN, EXPLORE, AND DISCOVER. This winter get-a-way retreat is being held in a comfortable and modern hotel in sunny Florida, and features 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.


Friday, January 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM EST
Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM EST

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Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center 
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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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 December 7, 2018.  Beyond that date, at the option of the hotel, the room rate may increase, thereby increasing the currently listed reservation rates.  Those guests attending by themselves who wish to take advantage of the lower double or triple occupancy rates can request assignment of a roommate of the same gender as space and interest permits.  Holiday Inn Fort Myers Fire Pit We will do our best to accommodate you and notify you if and when we have a match.  This is not a guaranteed situation, and should we not find a suitable roommate, you will be responsible for the published rate for your final room accomodation type.  If you know of others who are attending and you all wish to share one room, please send an email to after all parties have made and paid their respective reservations for the retreat.  If you are paying by check, simply include a note.

Hotel Amenities

  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Health & Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • FREE parking
  • FREE shuttle bus within 3 mile radius to local attractions
Travel Information

EXTENDING YOUR STAY AT THE HOTEL!  If your travel requires additional nights at the hotel,  a special rate of $119 will be honored  for retreat attendees for 3 days before and after the retreat and is based on guestroom availability.  Please call hotel reservations at 855-639-8440 and ask for Winter Grief Retreat Group Rate or mention group code WGR.  You can also book additional nights directly on line at this booking link: Winter Grief Retreat at Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport @ Town Center.  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 Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) please call the hotel (1-239-561-1550) once you have met with your luggage and you will be directed to the area where the shuttle 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 ScieForever Family Foundation Top Rated Non-Profit for 2018 - 6 years in runningnce 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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Please be certain before making your reservations. As an all volunteer not for profit, we must maintain a policy of no refunds for paid advance reservations. 

      This is Awesome!       Take me to the Rates & Registration Page NOW! The all-inclusive retreat rates include lodging (except for commuter rates), parking, and all meals and snacks for the weekend.  (Meals begin with Friday night dinner and end with Sunday lunch.)

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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


FEATURE FACILITATOR:  Beth Christopherson, LCSW Beth Christopherson LCSW


Beth Christopherson, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Houston, TX. Her practice and published work focuses on integrating spirituality into the client's healing process. She has written about the ethics, options, and challenges for mental health providers in assessing and addressing afterlife beliefs and spiritual experiences in articles such as The Elephant in the Room of Griefand The Spiritual but not Religious: What Social Workers Need to Know. She also developed and presented the workshop “Ethically Integrating Afterlife Beliefs in Therapy” at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Because she values both the academic and spiritual aspects of grief and loss, Beth serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Death and Dying; she is also a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and Forever Family Foundation. One of her passions is teaching and encouraging others to succeed; therefore, Beth frequently presents at local universities and medical schools on a variety of topics related to mental health and quality-of-life issues.

Joseph Shiel Forever Family Foundation Certified MediumJoe Shiel

Joseph Shiel, Certified by Forever Family Foundation, is a highly acclaimed Evidential Psychic Medium, Spirit Artist and award-winning teacher and has known the presence of Spirit since infancy.  He is a talented and expressive artist, who with guidance from Spirit, draws recognizable and accurate portraits of departed loved ones without the use of photographs and without possessing any prior knowledge of them or their physical characteristics.  Joe commits himself fully to communication with those who have passed on by being extremely detailed & evidential in his readings and drawings and has become internationally known for his accuracy, integrity and his commitment to others.  He shares his talents with clients, students & audiences worldwide; teaching speaking & performing demonstrations of evidential mediumship and Spirit Art deemed by many as "Portraits from Heaven."  He is also a dynamic and creative instructor & motivational speaker and brings his inventive and lively style to classrooms everywhere, including the renowned Arthur Findlay College where he serves as a guest tutor. Joe received his Philosophy degree at Boston College & performed his graduate work in theology at Colgate Crozer Divinity School & St. Bernard’s Institute.  He is the author of Edge of Wilderness: You Are My Poems, Prayers and Songs.

FFF Certified Medium Janet Nohavec Janet Nohavec 

Janet is internationally known for her evidential mediumship.  She was born a medium, but spent a good part of her life not knowing what to do with her abilities.  As a former Roman Catholic nun she questioned her gift and how to use it.  She decided that her work could best be done outside of the confines of her religious order, and for the past 15 years has demonstrated evidential mediumship at the highest level.  She is a Certified Medium of Forever Family Foundation, an approved tutor at the Arthur Findley College of Mediumship in England, and founder of The Journey Within Spiritualist Church in New Jersey.  In addition to her private practice, which has a client base in over 20 countries, Janet teaches courses in evidential mediumship, and often invites guest mediums from England to join her in teaching her classes.  She is the author of two books: Where Two Worlds Meet and Through the Darkness.

#FFFCertfiedMedium Joe Perreta Joe Perreta

Joe Perreta is a psychic medium certified by Forever Family Foundation. Joe’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 skills until after graduating from college. Word spread about his abilities, and he now has a successful mediumship practice on Long Island, New York.   He communicates evidential messages from discarnate entities in a style that combines humor and compassion.  He believes that it is the specific evidence that is the key in proving to his clients that their loved ones still exist.


Joined By Afterlife Explorers Extraordinaire, hosts of The Gathering on Signs of Life Radio . . . .

Bob Ginsberg is co-founder of Forever Family Foundation, host of Signs of Life Radio, editor of Signs of Life Magazine, and directs the foundation’s Medium Evaluation Certification Process.  For the past fifteen years he has been an inquisitive student of consciousness studies and Afterlife Science. Phrab & Bob Ginsberg Hosts of Signs Of Life Radio

Phran Ginsberg, MBA is co-founder of Forever Family Foundation, co-hosts Signs Of Life Radio and directs the operations of the foundation, radio show and Signs of LIfe Magazine.  Along with her co-hosts on The Gathering, she has explored and experienced the non-physical realms for most of her life.

Melissa Gould is co-host of The Gathering on Signs of Life Radio.  She grew up in a household that was very open to phenomena that defy traditional thinking, and remains a psychic explorer to this day.  She is the creator of Hugz From Heaven and works in the field of special education.  She sits on the Executive Tom & Melissa Gould - Hosts of The Gathering on Signs Of Life Radio Committee of Forever Family Foundation and is one of the original volunteers of the organization.

Tom Gould, JD has a keen interest in survival and has spent a good deal of his private time studying the evidence.  He is an educator by profession, but also holds a law degree and has been a musician for his entire adult life. His band, Bossa Nova Beatniks, is well regarded in music circles and continues to perform in various venues. Tom is also a board member of Forever Family Foundation.
Forever Family Foundation Grief Retreats are designed as a complete experience.  It does include both large group Spirit Communication as well as Spirit Communication in the smaller breakout sessions.  The weekend exposes the attendee to the various opportunities to recognize that we, as physical beings, can continue our relationship with those loved ones who have crossed before us.  Attendees planning to come for only 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.

Please be certain before making your reservations. As an all volunteer not for profit, we must maintain a policy of no refunds for paid advance reservations.

Register Now! The all-inclusive retreat rates include lodging (except for commuter rates), parking, and all meals and snacks for the weekend.  (Meals begin with Friday night dinner and end with Sunday lunch.)