Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year, New Plans To Move On

Two national conferences and a December cruise are already being planned for bereaved parents this new year. Here is the information on all three events.

"Miles of Compassion through the Winds of Hope" will be the theme at the 2014 National Conference July 11-13. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare near the Chicago O'Hare Airport. Over 100 workshops will be presented for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents to attend. Keynote speakers will highlight the three day event. It is advised that you make reservations at the hotel early to get a room. Contact the national office or look at the website for more information:

This national gathering will be held in St. Louis, MO, July 24-27, 2014 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. This hotel is in close proximity to the Galleria Shopping Mall, Art Museum, the science center, the Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Zoo, Muny Opera, Shaw Park and a five minute walk to the Metrolink. Many workshops and speakers are being planned for the bereaved. The website for more information is:

A December 8, 2014 5-night cruise is being planned for all Alive Alone parents with no surviving children. Because the Christmas holidays is a hard time for these parents, the two days at sea will focus on seminars for these parents.

The cruise will be on the Celebrity Constellation. The itinerary includes Fort Lauderdale, Cozumel and Key West. Deposits for the cruise are $25 per person for an unassigned cabin and $200 per person for an assigned cabin. All deposits are due by August 10 and final payment is Sept. 25, 2014. A $50 stateroom credit is included. Airfare is not included.

Prices, based on double occupancy are as follows: inside stateroom, $458.52 per person; ocean view, $518.52 per person; and verandas, $623.52 per person. Gratuities of $60 are extra as is the trip insurance of $29. If interested, contact Joy Hagens at