Present in the Pain Retreat – Nashua, NH

A one-day retreat that looks at child loss through the lens of our Catholic faith, with Our Lady of Sorrows as our example

Saturday, June 17, 2023

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 question
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • The strain on our other relationships

Lean into our Faith

Together we’ll share:

  • A beautiful Latin Mass
  • Lessons from Scripture
  • Lessons from Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Encouragement from the Saints
  • 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
  • The challenge of NFP after loss
  • Practical tools for healing
  • An eternal perspective on suffering

Retreat Itinerary

9:00 – 10:00 AMLatin Mass in a beautiful Personal Parish of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)
10:00 – 10:20 AMCoffee and refreshments in the rectory basement during registration and welcome
10:20 – 11:15 AMSession 1 – Unexpected Elements of Grief and Trauma
11:15 – 12:15 PMSmall Group Discussion and Creative Activity – Make a keepsake with your child’s name
12:15 – 1:00 PMLuncheon
1:00 – 1:30 PMSession 2 – The Church’s Teaching on the Hope for Salvation for our Children – presented by Fr. John Brancich, FSSP
1:30 – 2:15 PMSession 3 – Our Lady of Sorrows as an Example to Grieving Mothers
2:15 – 3:00 PMPrayer and Meditation – The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows followed by a blessing from the priest
3:00 – 3:45 PMSession 4 – The Gifts that Come by Way of Suffering
3:45 – 4:00 PMWrap up and Dismissal

I’m thrilled to offer this retreat at my own home parish: St. Stanislaus Church in Nashua, NH

The church’s address is 43 Franklin Street, Nashua, NH.

There are several hotels and airbnb options nearby, should you choose to stay overnight in Nashua or the surrounding area.

Please note that because this church is an older building, there is not currently handicap accessibility to the rooms in which the retreat is to be held.

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 love the [Praying With] Our Lady of Sorrows book!”

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.

Eileen offered expertise, compassion and many tools to help and heal the pain.

Registration includes :

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • All retreat materials and picture frame
  • 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 if you would like to purchase this retreat for someone else, please contact Eileen using this contact form.

Retreat in Nashua, NH April 29, 2023

A full-day retreat for women grieving the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood


Space is limited! Don’t hesitate to register if you’d like to attend.

Registration will close June 10, 2023 or when capacity is reached.

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