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Anam Cara can still support all bereaved parents at this time

Anam Cara can still support all bereaved parents at this time

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We want bereaved parents to know there are resources, support, information and a place for them to connect safely and comfortably with other bereaved parents who understand the intense grief and devastation that follows the death of a child of any age and through any circumstance.

Back in March when the country was locked down for the first time Anam Cara worked tirelessly to develop and launch our online services to ensure bereaved parents had the support they needed.

Many of these parents have told us how isolated they feel, even when they had family and friends around them. So we can only imagine how difficult it is when now they have restricted numbers of 25 at funerals and no physical contact from their natural support network.

At this time of year, the dark cold evenings and Christmas coming up, on its own is a very tough time for bereaved families and now they have to cope with the pandemic restrictions.

Anam Cara’s online support services continue to grow month on month. With this in mind we wanted to recap on services that you may want to recommend to a bereaved parents you are in contact with:

·         Our Information Pack containing 8 booklets written by bereaved parents. This booklet includes information for bereaved mothers, fathers, coping with sudden death, self-care, miles stones and challenges.

·         Our online support evenings for bereaved parents are facilitated by our professional facilitators and are accessible from all over Ireland.

·          Our websites www.anamcara.ie or www.anamcarani.co.uk  have a number of resources available for  including a set of videos made by bereaved parents for bereaved parents

·         Also on the Anam Cara Website Parents can access a virtual Bereavement Information talk by Brid Carroll, a bereavement specialist and chairperson of the Irish Child Bereavement Network

·         On 19th November we will be hosting a Zoom Webinar Bereavement Support Evening for recently bereaved parents in partnership with other bereavement support organisations.

·         For those parents who are not comfortable or cannot get online. We can provide 1-2-1 support calls with one of our professional facilitators

·         Anam Cara is now also able to provide online groups specifically for Parents who are living with no surviving children.  There is also a leaflet in the Anam Cara Information Pack and a dedicated webpage for these parents.

We hope you will let any bereaved parents you are in contact with know about the information, resources and support they can access through Anam Cara.

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Also for Official information Covid-19 go to

HSE COVID-19 Information

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On behalf of Anam Cara and bereaved parents throughout Ireland, we would be very grateful if you could help us raise awareness of the new online resource Anam Cara have developed in response to the challenging times for bereaved parents and their family.

This resource can be accessed via the Anam Cara website and will in particular offer some support and solace to recently bereaved parents through the current lockdown and the recently announced restrictions on funerals.

Anam Cara has swiftly responded to these new restrictions by developing and producing (for introduction click on link) 8 online Bereavement Support video vignettes to help bereaved mother and fathers at this very difficult time.  These clips will complement the existing Anam Cara videos and information Pack, which were compiled by bereaved parents for bereaved parents, the new resources can be accessed on Anam Cara’s website home page (click on link) anamcara.ie  

The 8 short videos feature Brid Carroll, an experienced psychotherapist who has worked with families through bereavement and loss for many years. Brid is also the Chairperson of the Irish Child Bereavement Network. Brid talks about the impact and challenges of the intense grief and devastation the death of a child, of any age and through all circumstances for all family members. 

We hope you will share this resource with any bereaved parents you are in contact with and also with your colleagues to let bereaved parents know they are not alone at this time.

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Call the Information Line 085 288 8888 or info@anamcara.ie.

Anam Cara facilitates a series of Bereavement Information Evenings throughout the year.

Anam Cara continues to offer parents a safe and comfortable space where they can connect with other parents who have experienced the devastating death of a son or daughter, of whatever age and through whatever circumstances.

To see the list of Anam Cara activities/events throughout the year, click HERE to view or you can contact us directly at info@anamcara.ie or call 085  2888 888. (Note subject to Covid-19 restrictions).

See Event Calendar HERE

If you are looking for information about the events in Anam Cara Northern Ireland please call 028 9521 3120

Please note that these events are open to bereaved parents only.

As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie