The death of a child is every parent's worst nightmare. Family and friends try to understand, and indeed are going through their own grieving process, but the only person who can really understand is someone who has also experienced the death of a child.
Anam Cara is an all-Ireland organisation supporting parents and families after the death of a son or daughter (through any circumstance or at any age). We were founded in 2008 by bereaved parents to ensure families have access to information and support. We provide a range of bereavement support services, with the core service being peer support. Our online and face-to-face services are available to all bereaved parents, no matter what the age or circumstances of your child’s death or whether the death was recent or not. At Anam Cara we focus on the similarities of our loss rather than the differences. We provide a level of support and understanding that others cannot offer.
The Anam Cara Parent Evenings afford bereaved parents a safe and comfortable place where they have an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents. The Parent Evenings take place monthly in nine locations around the country. To inquire about your nearest Anam Cara group, call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.
Anam Cara’s Bereavement Information Evenings take place in twelve locations across the country in September/October 2016 (and in February/March 2017). These events give bereaved mothers and fathers an opportunity to hear a Bereavement Specialist talk about the journey through grief and loss after the death of a precious child. There is also an opportunity after each talk to speak to other bereaved parents.
Anam Cara has recently produced some new resources for newly bereaved parents and is currently working hard to distribute these. We have videos and information booklets developed by bereaved parents themselves on themes such as “A Mother’s Grief”, “A Dad’s Grief”, “Coping with Sudden Death” and “The Grieving Family”. See anamcara.ie/videos or contact us to order a free copy of our Bereavement Information Pack.