While We're Waiting

When a parent loses a child, they are faced with the reality that they may have many years ahead of them on this earth before they are reunited with that child in Heaven. As we face those seemingly interminable years, we have some choices to make...

Are we going to abandon our faith or apply our faith?

Are we going to allow our grief to make us bitter, or allow God to use that grief to make us better?

How are we going to live so that our Lord and our child are honored by our lives?

How are we going to live while we're waiting for that glorious reunion?

The "While We're Waiting" weekend retreats are designed to help bereaved parents answer these questions in a way that would honor God.

In addition to our retreats, While We're Waiting offers the following services ... 

Other Services

We offer four types of retreats at this time ...

-- One day mini-retreats just for Moms

-- One day events just for Dads

-- Weekend-long retreats for bereaved singles and couples with a grief focus

-- Weekend-long retreats for bereaved couples with a marriage focus

We host retreats in Arkansas, Oregon, and Maryland.  These events allow bereaved parents from across the country to meet and spend a weekend together.  At these events, we share our stories with each other and pray for one another.   We discuss issues faced by bereaved, but believing, parents, and encourage each other on the journey.  Our retreats provide parents with a safe place to openly discuss their grief among those who truly understand.  

There is no cost for any of these events; however, a voluntary love offering is taken to help offset the expense of hosting the retreat.  

Our Retreats

This 10-minute documentary, produced by local high school students Zoey Lawless & Caringtan Salazar, will give you some insight into the While We're Waiting ministry ... how it began, the co-founders, the WWW concept, and the WWW Refuge Retreat Center.

September 21, 2019

Moms' Mini-Retreat

While We're Waiting Refuge

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Upcoming Events


"We were very nervous about attending the While We're Waiting Weekend retreat ... opening up our deepest hurt in front of strangers.  It was an absolute blessing to attend! The support of everyone, the laughter as well as tears, all blessed us and took all our nervousness away. We are so grateful for you and your ministry."  

~Colby's Mom and Dad

September 6-8, 2019

Parents' Weekend

While We're Waiting Refuge

Hot Springs, Arkansas

We have additional upcoming events ... Click the link under each date for all the details.  

“It was amazing being in the same room with precious Christian women who love their children and who are so thankful for God's love, mercy, and grace.  My heart has been truly blessed and encouraged today.  While We're Waiting is a God-given ministry to help parents grieve with HOPE!"   ~Austin's Mom


For more Testimonials, click here ... 

October 26, 2019

Dads' Day

While We're Waiting Refuge

Hot Springs, Arkansas

  • Sending Hope Packages to newly-bereaved parents -- Click here to request a Hope Package for yourself or someone else
  • Maintaining a Facebook page for bereaved parents.  If you are on Facebook, and if you have a child in Heaven, click here and request to join.  It's a closed group, limited only to parents who have lost children.
  • Hosting faith-based support groups specifically for bereaved parents in various areas around the country.  Click here for more information.

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