Eileen Tully lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband of 16 years and their six children, and she knows first hand the pain of child loss.
In addition to having had two early miscarriages, in 2011 she and her husband experienced the deaths of their identical twin daughters - one to stillbirth and the other to an infection she caught in the NICU at 47 days old.
The deaths were traumatic, and left them feeling shaken to the core. They simply did not have the resources they needed to deal with the heaviness of grief, and floundered under its weight, struggling to navigate it on their own.
Eileen says, "It took me many years and lots of counseling, but I learned so much about God, about myself, and about living life on this earth while keeping our heavenly home in mind. I learned about trauma and how it had affected me. I learned that this kind of grief was not the same as the death of a grandparent or an uncle. It changed me completely and affected every area of my life. I felt like a stranger to myself."
With this kind of understanding, Eileen seeks to accompany others who are suffering from the loss of a child and to offer them resources to help them in their healing. She talks honestly, yet hopefully, about the pain of loss, the realities of trauma, and the help that our Catholic faith offers to those who walk this sorrowful path.
Learn more about Eileen at EileenTully.com