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Present in the Pain Retreat in Jaffrey, New Hampshire

A Catholic healing retreat for grieving mothers, Present in the Pain will take a look at our experiences of loss through the lens of our Faith, drawing on the example of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Join us Saturday, October 29, 2022

Experience the beauty of fall in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

Together with other grieving mothers, you can come away from the busyness of life to find support and healing from the pain of child loss.

You are not alone

Join other bereaved mothers for real talk about the pain of losing a child from miscarriage, stillbirth, or death from infancy through adulthood.

We’ll talk about:

  • Why it might be hard to pray
  • Dealing with unanswered questions
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • The strain on our other relationships

Lean into our Faith

Together we’ll share:

  • A beautiful Mass
  • Quiet time for reflection and an opportunity for Confession
  • Lessons from Scripture
  • Encouragement from the Saints
  • Lessons from Our Lady of Sorrows and prayer time together
  • A blessing from the priest for mothers who have lost a child

Healing and Hope

We’ll address:

  • The unexpected aspects of grief
  • The lingering effects of trauma
  • Practical tools for healing
  • An eternal perspective on suffering

Retreat Itinerary

9:00 – 9:45 AMMass in the beautiful St. Patrick Church in Jaffrey, NH followed by a blessing from the priest
10:00 – 10:15 AMCoffee and refreshments during the welcome time
10:15 – 10:45 AMSession 1 – Unexpected Elements of Grief and Trauma
10:45 – 11:15 AMSmall Group Discussion and Creative Activity –
Make a keepsake with your child’s name
11:15 AM – 12:00 PMQuiet time for reflection, journaling, adoration at the tabernacle, and Confession
12:15 – 1:00 PM Luncheon
1:00 – 1:30 PMSession 2 – The Church’s Teaching about children who have died before baptism (presentation from Fr. Bill Deschamps) with time for Q&A
1:30 – 2:15 PMSession 3 – Our Lady of Sorrows as an Example to Grieving Mothers
2:15 – 3:00 PMPrayer together – The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows in the church
3:00 – 3:30 PMSession 4 – The Gifts that Come by Way of Suffering
3:30 – 3:45 PMFinal Discussion, Wrap up, and Dismissal

The retreat will be held at St. Patrick Church in Jaffrey, NH

The church’s address is 87 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire

You can find the church’s website here.

If you’re coming from out of town, you can find hotel accommodations in nearby Peterborough or Keene, NH, or check Airbnb for local stays.

Space is limited for this retreat, so don’t delay in registering!

Reviews from past retreat participants

I learned so much more how to grieve with an eternal perspective thanks to this wonderful retreat

I finally felt like I was in the presence of someone who wasn’t judging me or trying to fix me. THANK YOU

I am blown away by the impact this retreat has had on me.

“I love the handouts, especially the graphic for grief and how it can manifest in so many different emotions and be all over the place. It’s helpful to understand what trauma is.

Your openness in sharing your story was very moving and helpful for considering my journey. Loved the art/creative time as well as opportunities to share with the other women.

“[The]…Retreat for Grieving Mothers was all that I hoped for and much more! After losing my [adult] daughter unexpectedly, my grief seems unending and unbearable. Eileen offered expertise, compassion and many tools to help and heal the pain. I loved the comparison to Our Lady of Sorrows, in her road to Calvary. I opened up to Eileen, in a special way, which surprised me. I highly recommend any future retreats Eileen may offer. You won’t regret it!”

Registration includes :

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • All retreat materials and keepsake ornament
  • A copy of Eileen’s prayer book: Praying with Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Ongoing support through access to an online members-only community and bi-weekly live video chats
  • …and more!

If you have any questions or wish to purchase this retreat as a gift for another person, please contact Eileen using this contact form.

Present in the Pain Retreat – Jaffrey

One-day retreat on October 29, 2022 in Jaffrey, New Hampshire


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Registration will close on October 22, 2022 or as soon as the space has reached its capacity of 20 participants.

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