Bereavement Information Evening in Donegal

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Anam Cara, the all-Ireland organisation providing support services to bereaved parents and families, is hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Donegal. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges their family may face after the death of a son or daughter.

Please note this event is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death.

If you have attended a previous Bereavement Information Evening, we would encourage you to come again because each time you will hear something that will help you along the difficult and challenging journey of grief. There will also be time after the talk to interact with other bereaved parents.

Details for the upcoming Bereavement Talk on Thursday 8th February:

Guest Speaker: Michelle Ni Thiarnain

Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Social Work. She has worked for statutory and voluntary child care services during her career including a role as a social worker overseas. She has a Masters Degree in Bereavement and is currently engaged in a PhD on the topic of bereavement at the National University of Galway. She has been employed as a Principal Social Worker by Tusla (The Child and Family Agency) since 2005.

This talk will cover:

  • The complex issues grieving parents must face when they have experienced the death of their child, highlighting what is normal in this process.
  • The gender differences in facing such a loss will be explored to give an understanding for both parents of their differing worldviews.
  • It will highlight the milestones on the journey through this unique grief and the small supports that can make the journey a little easier.
  • Various types of loss, whether expected or sudden, will also be discussed to understand their impact on grieving parents, their families and the deceased child’s siblings.

Anam Cara provides a range of support services for bereaved parents which include a comprehensive website with links to resources including videos and information booklets compiled by bereaved parents. See anamcara.ie or contact us at info@anamcara.ie or our information line on 085 2888 888.

Along with bereavement information evenings, Anam Cara runs monthly parent evenings which give parents an opportunity to meet with other parents in a safe and comfortable place over a cup of tea or coffee. Throughout the year Anam Cara also hosts a variety of social and remembrance helping to bring families together

Recognising that some parents may prefer not to talk openly about their loss. Anam Cara would like to reassure parents there is no pressure for them to contribute and they are welcome to listen to how other Mums and Dads have coped through the intense grief and sense of loss.

This information evening, like all Anam Cara events, is provided free of charge to parents.

Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for this event. We would appreciate if you could RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Wednesday 7th February 2018 or contact us on 01 4045378 – 085 2888 888