Anam Cara has launched a new resource aimed at supporting bereaved parents in the early days after the death of their son or daughter. The launch took place at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on January 23.
More than 20 organisations from across West Cork were at the launch and received copies of the new pack, which contains seven booklets on different themes related to parental grief, such as A Dad’s Grief, A Mother’s Grief, Coping with the Sudden Death of My Child and Supporting My Family.
The local groups represented included An Garda Síochana, the HSE, Tusla (the Family Support Agency), An Garda Síochána local funeral directors and clergy. Ella Ferriter, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing in West Cork, helped to launch the pack.
Founded in 2008, Anam Cara has two groups, which meet every month in Cork and West Cork. In early February, Information Evenings will be held in both venues: in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on February 6 and in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Silver Springs), Cork on February 7.
The groups afford bereaved parents a safe and comfortable setting where they can meet other bereaved parents. Anam Cara is open to all bereaved mothers and fathers, regardless of the age or circumstances of their child’s death, or whether the death was recent or not.
Launching the resource pack, Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard said: “It is so important to ensure that any parent who is suffering the terrible and unimaginable ordeal of losing a child knows that Anam Cara is here to help. Our packs are a powerful resource for any family experiencing the death of a child, irrespective of whether the child was a baby or a grown adult. Newly bereaved parents need others to put this information in to their hands at the earliest stage of their bereavement journey. They are very fragile in the first few months and may not have the energy to pick up the phone or actively look for help.
“Newly bereaved parents and families need the support of those who have suffered a similar experience and learned to cope again, they need reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that they too will be able to emerge from the depths of despair and start living and enjoying life again.”
Anam Cara is urging all frontline professionals who come into contact with newly bereaved parents to get in touch with them to request a delivery of free information packs. In this way they will always have the information on hand to give to newly bereaved parents when they need it most. Bereaved parents or their friends or family are also encouraged to get in touch to request a pack. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Anam Cara’s Information Line on 085 2888 888.
For more information see anamcara.ie or call their Information Line on 085 2888 888.