“I learned so much more how to grieve with an eternal perspective thanks to this wonderful retreat.”– Retreat participant
A healing retreat course in seven topical, video-based lessons, the Present in the Pain retreat takes a look at the experience of pregnancy and child loss through the lens of our Catholic faith.
Are you feeling crushed under the weight of your grief after losing your child?
Have you felt distanced from God since your baby died and not sure how to reconnect?
Do you wish there was someone you could talk to who understood how you were feeling?
I want to walk with you.
With Our Lady of Sorrows as our guide, we look to the Scriptures, the Saints, and the teachings of the Church to learn how to grieve with an eternal perspective. We talk about trauma and grief from a psychological perspective, discuss the very real ways it affects our lives and complicates our grieving, and offer practical tools for healing, including a PDF copy of Eileen’s prayer book for grieving mothers, creative activities, and a playlist of worshipful music.
The retreat topics include:
- The healing that comes from telling your story
- Real talk about grief and trauma
- The impact on our other relationships
- Why it might be hard to pray, and what to do about it
- Relating to Our Lady of Sorrows
- The Church’s teaching on hope for salvation for our children
- How to lean on our faith when our hearts have been broken
- The gifts that come by way of suffering
- The journey forward
What if you could finally find the support, tools, and understanding that you needed to help you heal from the pain of child loss?
You can choose to go through the retreat at your own pace, or you can join one of the new quarterly group retreat sessions for 2023 and participate as part of a small group for support, encouragement, and accountability in seeing it through to completion.
We will meet online as a group to discuss one lesson each week over the course of seven weeks. The course materials, community space, and bi-weekly live video chats remain available to all participants after the course has finished.
“Meeting with one another every week was beyond helpful. I look forward to it each week!”
– January 2023 Group retreat participant
The next group retreat will begin in April. To participate, you’ll just need to register for the retreat and complete Lesson One before our first video chat on April 20th at 8 PM Eastern.
This group retreat format is perfect for you if:
- You’ve never participated in one of my retreats
- You’ve participated in a retreat in person or online, but want a refresher
- You signed up for the video retreat but never completed the course
Additionally, everyone who completes all seven lessons, seeing the course through to completion, will be able to schedule a free 30-minute Companioning call with me!
Here’s what others had to say about the retreat:
“I am blown away by the impact this retreat has had on me.”
“I love…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.“
“I finally felt like I was in the presence of someone who wasn’t judging me or trying to fix me. You simply understood because you are living it, and you didn’t ask that we do anything other than be present. THANK YOU.”
“Your openness in sharing your story was very moving and helpful for considering my journey. [I] 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!”