Let Grace In restores hope by offering a holistic approach to healing for all families who have experienced the loss of a child through the use of integrative retreats. Our retreats provide opportunities for families to acknowledge their pain and encourage them to work through the challenge’s grief has presented. Families take time to inventory their lives and explore practical ways to revive health in the physical, emotional and spiritual self all while developing meaningful relationships with families who have suffered the same loss.
WHO WE ARE
Let Grace In is a locally grown non-profit organization on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. The charity offers Hope Retreats to bereaved families after the death of a child. This includes families who have experienced a child loss anywhere from 20 weeks of Gestation to 18 years of age. Let Grace In was established on 1/11/ 2017 by a bereaved Honolulu couple in honor of their 5-year-old Son, Grayson. Together with the larger Honolulu community their goal is to offer a space to recover strength of mind, body and spirit with ALOHA.
Time in this loving setting, together with other families in similar circumstances, provides families a unique opportunity to unwind, acknowledge their pain, refresh oneself, build relationships& put their personal well-being at the first.
Hawaii’s natural healing power, professional grief counselors, integrative therapies, healthy eating, physical exercise, can help families re-engage with the world despite their struggle.
Let Grace In will offer the community a healing hale providing hope retreats year-round for families who have suffered the loss of a child. This permanent, private structure will offer healing and restoration for the whole self: mind, body and spirit.
Our lives forever changed the day that our Grayson Na’auali’inamakakilo Gouveia was born. Becoming first time parents was overwhelming as we had never felt so much responsibility, delight & immense love. Grayson made us laugh, beam with pride, and we were moved by his loving heart and genuine concern for others. Grayson made us a family, we just never thought tragedy would become our story.
Grayson was barely 5 when we found ourselves in the Emergency room listening to a Doctor explain that a CAT scan had revealed that Grayson had a brain tumor. When the pathology returned a month later, it was Glioblastoma, the most aggressive brain cancer, rare in children. There was no treatment known to work, and we were told to focus on his quality of life. It seemed all hope was lost, and we could not see how we could survive without him. Regardless, we pushed forward desperate for a miracle.
We did it all, multiple brain surgeries, enrolled in the latest research protocol, chemo therapy complimented with natural medicine, and prayed with all of our hearts for a miracle cure. Grayson led us with his brave heart and encouraged us with his deep wisdom. As we apologized in hopelessness over his heart-breaking situation, Grayson faithfully replied “Sometimes you can’t help the things you have to go through.” How this child understood selflessness was amazing. It stopped me in my tracks because he was right.
Grayson died on January 22, 2016 in our home, surrounded by great Love. We prayed for his miracle cure, but the love we shared and his presence in our lives was the beautiful miracle all along. Grayson continues to inspire us daily to live with Love at the forefront. He sends affirmations of heaven in the shape of hearts every day, telling us to keep going. We could not have survived without God’s Grace and our community’s love.
Let Grace In is Grayson’s legacy of love. As his parents, we are committed to honoring his example of truly living by supporting other families who are hurting, embracing them with Grayson’s love and encouragement to RESTORE HOPE.
We know we can’t do it alone and have experienced how much love is out there. Supporting us in loving others makes a statement about who you are, how you feel and what you believe in.
Ka’eo and Gabby.
The Gouveia’s are about restoring hope, using the powerful tool of love. Their story is one no parent ever imagines as their own. On January 22, 2016, they lost their eldest child, Grayson, to the most aggressive Brain Cancer, Glioblastoma. Through the greatest heartbreaking experience of their lives, they’ve been sustained by the unending Love and Grace of God. Let Grace In is being developed to honor their Angel son & the powerful Love that restored hope in their hearts. They are born and raised in Hawaii, Ka’eo (Kamehameha ’96) & Gabby (Maryknoll ’96) & have two other children, Olivia (6) & Charli (2). Gabby has been walking with families during vulnerable times as an Intensive Care nurse since 2000, & Ka’eo Co-Owns a local telecom construction Company started in 2013. Hope doesn’t happen without Faith and the Gouveia’s are committed to sharing theirs in the desire to restore Hope.
Nick and Jaime have dedicated their lives to following Jesus, and the calling that God has put on their hearts. They have two children, Adeline and Jacob. Born and raised in Southern California, the Robertsons moved to Hawaii in July of 2017. During their time in California, it became clear that Nick and Jaime were called to walk side by side with families that had suffered the loss of a child. It is for that reason that both desired to see the need for bereavement support filled. After meeting the Gouveia family, and hearing their story of losing their son Grayson to a Glioblastoma, they decided to join in on their mission. The two families enthusiastically put the final touches to Let Grace In, which will serve as a place for restoring hope for those families still in the grieving process.