It's important to understand that grief is a normal part of experiencing loss. Everyone grieves differently, and most people experiencing grief won't require more than general support and information. For those who require additional support, resources are available. To understand the levels of bereavement support, look at the Pyramid of Bereavement Support.
Pyramid of Bereavement Support
Where to go for help
If you need support
If you have been bereaved through a hospice death, it is likely that a bereavement support service will be available in the hospice. Contact the hospice where the death occurred.
If you have been bereaved through an acute hospital, the hospital may provide bereavement support. Contact the hospital social work department or chaplaincy service.
The Bereavement Counselling Service (tel. 01-8391766) offers a volunteer-led bereavement support service that operates Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bereaved parents can contact Anam Cara (tel. 01-4045378). They provide peer support to bereaved parents and children and maintain online bereavement support forums.
If you have been bereaved through suicide, you can contact Pieta House (tel. 1800247247).
If you feel you need immediate support, contact The Samaritans' 24-hour call line at 116 123 (free call).
If you need to speak to a professional
These organisations will be able to furnish you with the names of qualified therapists who specialise in issues of loss and grief:
Turning Point in Dublin (01-2801603) offers training in bereavement counselling and bereavement counselling services.
Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service (01-4732110) is a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them – like a parent or sibling – through death.
More information on getting help for bereavement:
The Irish Hospice Foundation has published leaflets about different types of grief to provide information on what to expect and how to cope. They can be downloaded free of charge here. If you'd like hard copies of any of these leaflets, please contact Maura Dunne.
Recommended reading and useful online resources
The Irish Hospice Foundation Thérèse Brady Library & Information Service has a large collection of books on coping with bereavement. They have produced lists of recommended reading materials and useful online resources addressing different types of bereavement. You can browse the booklet here and the library collection can be searched here.
Registering a death or queries about benefits
Information about registering a death or benefits is available directly from The Department of Social Protection. The site also details information on pension and welfare entitlements following bereavement. Further details are available here.
Practical guide to bereavement
The Citizens Information Board have outlined practical information on bereavement including what to do following a death, money matters, and counselling. This information is available here. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre. Find your nearest office here or can contact on Lo-Call 1890 777 121.