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Wed., May 25, 2011, 4:16 p.m.

Renewal in Everday Loss

Nancy Copeland-Payton, medical doctor and Presbyterian minister, will facilitate a one-day retreat in Sandpoint June 4 on the gifts that can result when a person is able to let go of losses.

She is the author of the 2009 book: The Losses of Our Lives – The Sacred Gifts of Renewal in Everyday Loss.

Patty Hutchens, a freelance writer based in Sandpoint, is getting the word out about the retreat. She recently wrote:

Sandpoint’s Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton has experienced many levels of grief over the years, both personally and when assisting others through their various journeys of loss.  Both as a medical doctor and during her career as a Presbyterian minister, Copeland-Payton has witnessed the many ways in which people deal with losses both great and small. “I have accompanied people through end of life losses, illness and devastating emergency room losses,” said Copeland-Payton.  “And as a pastor I have walked with people through losses in their lives in a different way. From birth until we take our last breath, we are immersed in a continuing flow of immeasurable gifts and unwanted losses,” said Dr. Copeland-Payton.  “When we intentionally enter into our journey through the layers of everyday loss, the terrain of larger loss is not totally alien or terrifying.”

The retreat will be held June 4 at the Brown House next to Bonner General Hospital. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $30.  Snacks will be provided and attendees are encouraged to also bring a sack lunch.   

 To register please contact Ginny Moody at 208-263-6057 or email her at

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