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where deep grief meets the mystery of grace

helping bereaved mothers, grandmothers, and the people who love them

In honor of your love, your loss, your sacred sorrow...

Welcome to
Sacred Sorrows

Every day in the U.S, 1200 women's lives are forever

changed when they receive the news that their son,

daughter or grandchild has died. These deaths leave

women feeling alone and unmoored in their grief.

Sacred Sorrows was founded by one of these women.

 

You are not alone anymore.

Welcome to peace, hope and healing.

This message is for you:

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." 

- Julian of Norwich

Upcoming Events

  • Springtime Tea Fundraiser
    Springtime Tea Fundraiser
    Sat, Mar 23
    Crowning Glory Tea Room
    Mar 23, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Crowning Glory Tea Room, 16733 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Mar 23, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Crowning Glory Tea Room, 16733 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Gather friends and create lovely memories as you celebrate the season with "Springtime Tea" and all the delights that accompany it. Reserve your choice of seating time and dietary considerations. Then arrive and breathe in gladness!
  • Los Altos: A Mother's Love & Loss Retreat 2024 - finding peace after the death of a son or daughter
    Los Altos: A Mother's Love & Loss Retreat 2024 - finding peace after the death of a son or daughter
    Thu, Apr 04
    El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center
    Apr 04, 2024, 3:00 PM – Apr 07, 2024, 2:00 PM
    El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022
    Apr 04, 2024, 3:00 PM – Apr 07, 2024, 2:00 PM
    El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022
    Allow your grief to meet grace as you slowly enter the respite of this 4-day retreat.
  • Day of Renewal / Dia de Renovación
    Day of Renewal / Dia de Renovación
    Sat, Apr 27
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 W Pinchot Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 W Pinchot Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
    A full day bilingual retreat for grieving mothers and grandmothers, ending with a Memorial Mass. Un retiro de dia completo para mamas y abuelas que viven la perdida de hijos o nietos. Una misa conmemorativa concluirá el retiro.
  • San Damiano June 2024 - Afternoon of Reflection & Remembrance
    San Damiano June 2024 - Afternoon of Reflection & Remembrance
    Sun, Jun 09
    San Damiano Retreat Center
    Jun 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr, Danville, CA 94526
    Jun 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr, Danville, CA 94526
    A comforting program that welcomes all grieving mothers and grandmothers - no matter how long (or how recent) it's been since your loss. The afternoon will conclude with a Memorial Mass in honor of our loved ones.
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Online & offline programs to help

you walk this unwanted walk.

Practical tips & guidance

to help you help her.

Supplemental support for the bereaved women you serve.

Welcome to
Sacred Sorrows

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They say it takes a village to raise a child.
We say it also takes a village to mourn a child
or grandchild - regardless of their age.


Let us be your village.

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Listen to a story about a mother's loss,

the strength of friendship, and the power of faith in the storm.

The Story of Sacred Sorrows

Click on the play button above to listen to an Interview conducted by Jennifer Ellis and Andrea Boring of "The Bishops Hour", a radio show and podcast presented by the Diocese of Phoenix. Based in a Catholic worldview, the content of this story will resonate with people of all faith traditions. Featuring Rita and her friend Kay Kandas.

Hi there. My name is Rita Morton and I'm the founder of Sacred Sorrows. I'm the "voice" you'll hear in the audios and the "thoughts" you'll read in the blog and other articles on this site. I started Sacred Sorrows to help grieving mothers, grandmothers, and the friends and family who love us. (In my own journey, I realized that our friends and family members desperately want to help, and often don't know what to do with us.
I wanted to offer solutions for that.)


I'm relieved that you found Sacred Sorrows, and sad about the loss that brought you here. I know you'd rather be anywhere other than in this situation. My heart is with you in spirit, and I'm deeply sorry for your loss. After I lost my son Chad in 2019, I went through some really hard times. I still do actually. Rough days and very hard nights. I know you know what I mean.

The time in between those hard times lengthens as I walk this journey.
And I hope the same will happen for you.


There are resources on this site that will help you in your transformation from who you were to who you will become. The truth is - and I think we both know it - you're certainly not going to be the same ever again. You, and I, and all the women here, have experienced such a traumatic and profound loss that it would be impossible to ever be the same again. So here we stand, on a path we never wanted to walk. You are invited to stand with us, as we walk alone and side-by-side. As you engage in the community here, I'd like to suggest that you focus on the similarities in our shared experience and not on our differences. There is much wisdom to be found in every woman's journey. Different stories, similar pain. Healing together. 

And for those of you who are friends and family members of a woman in grief, there are resources here for you too. Welcome.

Glad you're all here.

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