Anam Cara, an all-Ireland organisation providing support services to bereaved parents and families, is hosting an in Castlebar this Thursday evening, May 17. This event aims to give 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.
The evening takes place in The Family Centre from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with registration from 7.15pm. It is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death, and regardless of whether they have attended meetings before. There will also be time after the talk to interact with other bereaved parents.
Guest speaker on the evening will be Bríd Carroll, a qualified psychotherapist and counselling supervisor, who has worked with a special interest in loss an bereavement issues for over twenty years. She has extensive experience in parental bereavement through her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation and as a bereavement liaison officer with the HSE. She currently counsels children, young people and families dealing with loss and change through death, separation and illness.
Bríd’s talk will cover the complex issues that grieving parents must face when they have experienced the death of a child, highlighting what is normal in this process. She will also look at the gender differences in facing such a loss, the milestones on the journey through this unique grief, the small supports that can make the journey a little easier, and the different kinds of loss, whether expected or sudden.
Safe and comfortable
Along with bereavement information evenings like the one taking place this Thursday, 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 events, helping to bring families together.
Recognising that some parents may prefer not to talk openly about their loss, the organisation is keen to reassure parents that there is no pressure to contribute; they are welcome to listen to how other mums and dads have coped through the intense grief and sense of loss.
Thursday’s information evening, like all Anam Cara events, is provided free of charge to parents. Numbers for the event will need to be confirmed, however. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, May 16, or to contact the organisation on 01 4045378 or 085 2888888.
For more information on Anam Cara, see anamcara.ie.