Grief Retreat Center Project

A Place To Heal

The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation has announced their plans to build a grief retreat center in Western Pennsylvania. The non-profit unveiled the scope of the project, along with their intention of purchasing a piece of property within the Laurel Highlands region of Western Pennsylvania. Toby’s Foundation intends to build a 10,000sf structure, which will serve as a safe haven for families who are grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. This facility will provide a space within nature for families to escape and reflect on their journey from the day their baby died to the present.

Rendering images of the retreat provided by NEXT architecture.

Grief Retreats & Toby's Foundation

Toby’s Foundation supports families (parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family) grieving the loss of an infant, educates on the importance of Safe Sleep Practices, and promotes SIDS awareness across the United States. The 501(c)3 was created in 2017 in memory of Tobias Stern, who died at 12 weeks old from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Toby’s Foundation will offer long weekend retreats that provide professional counseling, art therapy, memorial remembrance activities, yoga and breathwork, outdoor activities and other therapeutic, holistic, and wellness experiences to help parents, siblings, and families.

The intent of this facility is to provide a place for grieving parents at any stage in their journey. Grief has no timeline, and everyone grieves differently. Creating a space where mothers, fathers, and families can come together and grieve together is the mission of Toby’s Foundation. This facility will serve families, not only locally in Western Pennsylvania, but from across the country, providing tools to help deal with grief daily and hope for their future.

Estimated Cost & Design

The project is expected to cost $6M to build and during their annual Gala on May 5, Toby’s Foundation launched their capital campaign for the project. The Monroeville based non-profit is currently working with NEXT architecture on the design. Toby’s Foundation intends to have the Grief Retreat Center open for families by the end of 2025.

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