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Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa
3131 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Michele Paul - Registration
Umbrella Ministries


From the Heart of a mom ...

“The privilege of coming to the conference was not only a ‘spiritual spa’ for my broken heart, but it was also a turning point in my journey of grief over the loss of my child. The testimonies to God’s healing touch in the lives of the speakers and the moms who shared radiated from their hearts through their faces, their words, and their generous acts of kindness and comfort.  I went home renewed, refreshed and rejoicing because I saw real, live survivors of a pain that most people cannot even imagine!  God was in that place touching each of us moms with His “earth angels” from Umbrella Ministries.”


 If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the conference, please call or e-mail:  

Michele Paul  760-702-2770 -


Dear precious mother,

We want to welcome you with open arms and hearts to a weekend filled with love, comfort, hope, peace and encouragement.  Mom to Mom - Heart to Heart.

The speakers and workshop leaders share insights on grief and coping tools. At the conferences, the moms on the same journey are able to give and receive comfort from one another with times of sharing, caring, bonding and the making of lasting friendships. 

Plus, the conference is a special time celebrating and remembering our children through a beautiful candlelight program and creating treasured memories honoring them. 

Guest Artists and Speakers

Joe Knight, Musician, Author, and Founder of KNIGHTsong ministries, Joe and his loving wife Shaunda share a powerful message of hope to hurting people nationwide. Their ministry is born from the loss of their son to cancer in his third year of Bible College. They have rescued a multitude of grieving moms and dads on their journey of grief through Umbrella Ministries. There are no words to express what a blessing Joe is helping bereaved parents celebrate their precious children through worship music, encouraging messages, and memorable candle lighting programs.

Jana Alayra, Christian singer-songwriter whose upbeat children’s songs are performed in churches nationwide. The car Jana was driving that killed her little 4-year-old daughter Lynnie was life-changing for her. She emerged from it with a stronger sense of her faith and with a new mission in reaching out to children and adults. “The faith I sing about is even more real because a part of me is already in heaven.  If I can bring the blessing of comfort to someone who is grieving, then I consider it a unique privilege.”


Guilt and Regret After a Death of Suicide or Drug Overdose

 Most bereaved parents deal with guilt and shame 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

Sibling Grief

 This workshop will help you understand the grief process siblings, both younger and adult, go through.  Ideas will also be presented to help and comfort your living grieving children.  Offered by Ann Bennett teacher and Griefshare Facilitator

Continuing The Bonds With Our Children

 The difference between leaving behind and moving forward on a healthy healing journey. Presented by CJay Andersen, Founder of “Grief Bridge”

"He Said ... "She Said ... Then No One Said

The power of your words when grieving from different points of view in your marriage.  Presented by Joe and Shanda Knight

Exploring Answers to the Tough Question

This workshop will explore some possible answers to questions such as: “Why did God let this happen to us? - What if I don’t think my child is in heaven? - What if I can’t get over feeling this was my fault. - Am I losing my mind?”. Presented by John Shelhamer

The Grief Toolbox

Twelve helpful tools to help dig oneself out of the black earth of grief. Presented by Linda Shelhamer, Founder of “Heavenly Hope and Healing”

From Grief to Healing 

The Bible say, your body is the temple of God - Reconnect Your Mind, Body and Soul with Ways to Navigate through the grieving process. This informative and workshop combining elements of mind, body and spirit, starting with a simple exercise and stretch, to help release stress then what to eat when grief is eating you, and finally integrative meditation and the hidden benefits of breathing while releasing the healing from within. Presented by Dr. Kimber Wilkes

The Journey through Forgiveness

Forgiveness is sometimes misunderstood. It’s not about rushing our grief journey but is an important part in the healing process. Often, we are dealing with guilt, the “what if’s”, other people and God, constantly reliving the events that caused the loss of our child. Choosing a gradual path toward forgiving is more about easing our minds and hearts from unrelenting internal pain and a gift to ourselves. Presented by Pat Layton, Grief Counselor

Thinking You’d Like to Start an Umbrella Group in Your Area?

Here’s how to make it simple but impactful:  The A-Z outline of starting, running, and growing an Umbrella Ministries support group.  Presented by Linda Stirling, Umbrella Ministries Chairman

PLEASE NOTE: Umbrella Ministries is able to underwrite all registration fees due to our generous donors! The fees reflect this generous gift with the balance due.


All payments are required in full at time of registration. If you are paying by check please print out your completed registration form and send to:

 Umbrella Ministries, P.O. Box 4906, Palm Springs, CA 92263

Please note:  All registrations cancelled within one week of the conference are non-refundable due to the ministry having to pay the hotel in advance.