“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.
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, printable journaling pages, bi-weekly live video calls, monthly group coaching sessions, creative activities, and a playlist of worshipful music.
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?
There are three ways to go through the retreat:
- You can choose to work through the course on your own, at your own pace, with immediate and indefinite access to all the materials.
- You can work through the retreat as part of a small group for community, accountability, and support. There are two small-group cohorts planned for 2024. The next one begins January 4, 2024. You will simply complete one lesson per week on your own time, and we will meet online together as a group to discuss. It does not cost more to be part of a cohort, and you can even register for the retreat now, gain immediate access to all the materials, and then join the next cohort when it begins.
- You can also work through the retreat in a one-on-one format with me. If being in a group doesn’t feel comfortable to you, but you’d still like to have someone to walk this path with you, I’d love to accompany you personally in this way. You’ll simply watch one lesson per week on your own time, and we will meet together weekly to discuss it at a time that works for your schedule. This costs slightly more than going through the retreat on your own or as part of a cohort, but you’ll receive individual support and tools that apply to your unique situation. You can also upgrade to this option if you’ve already registered for the retreat. Click here to learn more about individual retreat accompaniment.
You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
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!”
Our parish has hosted two Present in the Pain retreats for mothers who have experienced loss of their children. These retreats have provided tremendous graces to the women who attended and allowed healing of wounds which, in many cases, have never been addressed. Women who attended our parish’s Present in the Pain retreat told me they found answers, consolation and healing from the compassionate work of Eileen. I would recommend Eileen Tully’s Present in the Pain apostolate and retreat to any pastors who are looking to offer an incredible gift of compassion and healing to the countless unknown women in their parish who are silently suffering from loss of a child.-Fr. John Brancich, F. S. S. P.