Smile Again Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry, serving families who have lost a child, offering a retreat experience and counseling services to surviving parents and siblings. Our mission is to help hurting people find peace and hope.
Smile Again Ministries (SAM) helps families deal with the grief and struggles that follow the death of a child. Since 1998 SAM has helped several moms and dads and surviving siblings cope with their loss and pain. Whitetail Lodge - located near Crosslake, Minnesota - is a retreat center for grieving families. This is a safe place to deal with your shattered emotions. A place where healing can begin. It doesn't matter what age your child was when he or she died - we have found the pain suffered by parents is deep no matter how old your child was.
We count it a privilege to be a part of your grief journey.
A friend of our lost their son to suicide recently. In one of their Facebook posts they had this saying, "...grief is not easy. It's a confusing mess full of ups and downs.”
I still remember when Judy and I were anticipating our first child. We went to garage sales to furnish the nursery.
Judy and I are often asked, "How do you do it? How do you deal with the hurt and pain families are feeling after their child dies?"
It's been a VERY weird Spring around Whitetail Lodge. One week we're plowing snow, and the next we're able to paddle around on our lake.
When our Mickey died music was such an important part of Judy and my grief journey.
The Weather Channel is predicting 10-12 inches of new snow this weekend here at Whitetail Lodge.
For those of us who are Christians, this is Holy Week. A week of incredibly mixed emotions.
There can be so many overwhelming emotions after the death of a loved one.
We think this 6-lesson video will help people learn how to grieve - and how to support those who are grieving - in a healthy way.
A friend in Africa sent a note to Judy and me yesterday mentioning his song she had heard related to Christmas and the death of a loved one.
Judy and I received a letter yesterday with a box filled with 100 skipping stones like the one pictured above.
Judy and I are excited to announce that we have created a 6-week video Bible study on grief that we’ve entitled COME LET US GRIEVE TOGETHER.
In August of 2011, Jane was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of seven.
Just came across this song and found it to be SO true!
We are celebrating Smile Again Ministries 10th Anniversary with a Celebration of Life event on Sunday, September 24 at the Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell, MN.
SAM had 42 people show up for our Spring Workday last Saturday, and boy did they ever get a LOT done!
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Smile Again Ministries we’ve realized how much God has blessed us every step of the way.
Families have an option to lay a memorial stone on our Pathway of Hope Garden path if they want. It's an incredibly emotional moment.
We're getting ready for Spring Workday here on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9:00 am. Ahhh, Spring!
The Loons are calling from our lake once again as the ice has completely melted! That means one thing - Spring IS here.
It was a trip in the making for about 18 months. Judy had come up with the idea of having our kids and grandkids join us on a cruise to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.
One of the unexpected things about grief is how it can suddenly surprise us with overwhelming emotions.
A question that is often asked by people we meet when they hear that Judy and I work with moms and dads who have lost a child is, "What is it like to lose a child? I can't even imagine it."
Judy and I want to wish each of you a Happy and Blessed New Year. We have been SO humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support of our 2016 Celebration of Life Fund Raiser.
Judy and I are pretty excited today. We've been a little concerned this year with our Celebration of Life fund raiser as the giving was much slower than in past years.
Below is a blog by a person who has lost a loved one. It's got great insights into how grieving people feel, particularly during the holiday season.
We've are over the half-way mark in our Celebration of Life fund raising campaign.
Judy and I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all our family and friends of Smile Again Ministries.