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First Irish conference on childhood bereavement open for booking

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) will host the first Irish conference on childhood bereavement on October 4th in Dublin Castle.

The conference addresses creation of frameworks of support for those supporting a bereaved child and will focus on social media, voluntary group support and traumatic loss. A personal reflection will be shared by Irish Times journalist Roisin Ingle, who lost her own father when she was aged eight.  

The conference costs €48 for ICBN members, €58 for an early bird ticket and €68 full price. It will take place from 9:30am- 4pm and includes a light lunch. 

Full details and booking information available HERE >>>  

 

 

 

IRISH CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT NETWORK’S SOUTH EAST REGIONAL MEETING TAKES PLACE APRIL 29TH

Posted on: April 15th, 2014

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved children to attend its South East regional meeting on April 29th.

 

The meeting, which is free of charge, will take place at St Johns Pastoral Centre, Waterford between 10am-1pm. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.

 

Nicola Jordan, Co-ordinator of the ICBN stated: “This regional meeting is an opportunity for professionals working with bereaved children and young people in the locality to come together and share their experiences with people who are doing similar work. We are hoping professionals from Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Carlow, Tipperary and Laois will join us on the day.”

 

Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one.

 

Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.

 

Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.

 

For those attending the meeting, Nicola Jordan will introduce the work of the ICBN. She will be followed by Chair of the ICBN and Children and Loss Consultant Bríd Carroll who will deliver a talk titled ‘Siblings: The Forgotten Grievers’.  It will also be an opportunity for those working locally to meet and discuss current topics of interest.

 

The meeting is the latest in a series being held across the country. It follows a meeting in Sligo in February while another is planned for Dublin on May 30th.

 

To attend in Waterford, you must RSVP to Nicola.jordan@hospicefoundation.ie. There is no charge for the event.

 

More details here                                                                                

WORKSHOP ON WORKING WITH ADOLESCENT GRIEF TO BE HELD IN DUBLIN THIS FRIDAY

Posted on: April 14th, 2014

 

 

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved adolescents to attend its Dublin regional meeting on May 30 where they will be able to hear from an international expert on some techniques, tools and skills to support them in their work.

 

The meeting, which is free of charge to ICBN members, will take place at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.

 

As part of the event, Professor Danai Papadatou will lead a workshop titled, ‘Working with Adolescent Grief.’  She is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Athens. She is also the founder of “Merimna”, a non-profit organization which provides bereavement support to children and their families as well as paediatric palliative home care services in Greece. She has received awards for her contribution in the field, and is an active member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

 

Brid Carroll, Chair of the ICBN stated: “Adolescents face particular challenges in their grief and we are delighted to have Professor Papadatou, who is a world expert in psychology, here to provide this tailored training. As a network, we are uniquely placed to connect with professionals, working at the heart of communities across Ireland, who are providing support to bereaved young people. This training will enhance their skills and knowledge and provide a range of new interventions to develop their practice.

Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one

Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and jointly funded by Tusla, the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.

Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.

In 2013, the network appointed Nicola Jordan as Coordinator of the network, to develop its membership and activities. In December 2013 they launched their website, www.childhoodbereavement.ie, which is a hub of information for anyone supporting a bereaved child.

To attend, you can register here. There is no charge for the event for ICBN members, but there is a fee of €35 for non-members which includes annual Individual membership to the network

                                                          

 

 

IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW RESOURCE TO HELP BEREAVED WORKERS

Posted on: March 13th, 2014

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 The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (March 13th) launched an innovative resource pack aimed at helping managers and workers to support their colleagues affected by bereavement in the Irish workplace each year.

 In Ireland, it’s estimated that one in 10 of the Irish workforce each year can be directly affected by bereavement, amounting to over 190,000 workers.

 An initiative of the IHF, the resource pack has been a collaborative project between employers, unions and representative bodies. It is made up of six Information Sheets which are simple, easy to use guides on topics such as “How to Deliver Bad News” and “What to Say” and these can be downloaded free of charge from www.griefatwork.ie

 The project has been developed by the IHF with the help of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Irish Business & Employers Confederation (Ibec), Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), The Wheel, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Small Firms Association (SFA) and the Irish Management Institute (IMI).

 Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton said: “Supporting workers during times of difficulty such as the death of someone close, is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Healthy, safe and contented workers are key to the long-term sustainability of enterprise and employment in Ireland. Well-run enterprises increasingly see the welfare of their workers as key to their long-term competitiveness and a key mission of my Department is encouraging employers to take a more active role in these issues. Today’s launch of an innovative resource pack to help employers and workers support colleagues who are affected by bereavement is very welcome. This has been developed in cooperation with employers’ groups, workers’ representatives, my Department as well as representatives of the NGO sector and represents a very welcome addition to workplace supports”.

 Speaking at the launch, ICTU General Secretary David Begg stated: “It would be impossible to underestimate how valuable supportive colleagues and workmates can be at a time of loss and bereavement. Their understanding can prove critical in helping people cope with their loss and with the demands of the workplace, which can seem daunting in the aftermath of a bereavement. I think managers and employers may sometimes take that support for granted and would urge that they are more proactive in helping foster and maintain a more understanding culture in the workplace.”

 ISME CEO Mark Fielding added: “The availability of the information pack will help employers deal with a very sensitive issue in an appropriate manner and hopefully show the bereaved employee that they are valued and understood.”

 A survey commissioned by the IHF in 2006, found that most organisations in Ireland did not have clear guidelines on managing bereavement in the workplace despite believing there could be health and safety implications for bereaved employees.

 Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF commented: “In the workplace it can be difficult to know how to respond to someone who has been bereaved. In Ireland, it’s usually seen as a taboo subject which is best avoided or dealt with in private. This information pack goes a long way to easing those fears by giving clear, concise guidelines on how workers and managers can respond in informed and compassionate ways to help employees who are bereaved.”

 Bereavement Training and Development Officer with the IHF, Breffni McGuinness added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations who have helped with the development of this resource pack. Their input has been invaluable in developing much needed practical resources for the workplace and I have no doubt they will help many bereaved employees across the country. As one worker commented about the good support she received in her workplace when her father died ‘Do this well and you’ll never be forgotten.  Do this badly and you’ll always be remembered’.”

 The resource pack sheets can be downloaded from www.griefatwork.ie  For further information please contact Breffni McGuinness on 01 679 3188 or email breffni.mcguinness@hospicefoundation.ie

 

 

 

VACANCY – COORDINATOR IRISH CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT NETWORK

Posted on: January 28th, 2013

 The Irish Hospice Foundation is now hiring for the position of coordinator for the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network.  

Further details and application information HERE

Congratulations to Msc Bereavement Studies class of 2012

Posted on: December 4th, 2012

A very big congratulations to the class of 2012 Msc bereavement studies graduates who were conferred at the RCSI last week.

This year 16 students graduated from the two year Msc programme which is delivered through the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Education Resource Centre and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. 

More information on the MSC Bereavement Studies is available HERE 

‘Living with loss’ information evening & talk by Dr Tony Bates

Posted on: October 5th, 2012

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November is traditionally a month for remembrance.  As part of our bereavement support function at the Irish Hospice Foundation we will host a bereavement public information evening ‘Living with Loss’ on Thursday November 1st in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian st from 5.30 until 8.30. 

This ‘drop in’ evening will feature;  

  • Professor Tom Inglis reading from his new book written after the death of his wife Aileen 
  • Video presentations and general information on bereavement 
  • An address by Dr Tony Bates at 6.30 on the theme of ‘Living with loss‘ 

This event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. There will be an opportunity to talk to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide.

Bereavement Support Services represented include;

  • A Little Lifetime Foundation
  • Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support
  • Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children
  • Bereavement Counselling Service
  • Bethany Bereavement Support Group
  • Console
  • Health Service Executive
  • Living Links
  • Rainbows Ireland
  • Turas le Cheile Bereavement Support
  • Turning Point

 This is a free public event and booking is not neccessary,  If you have queries or would like further information please contact; Iris Murray, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 4th Floor, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 679 3188 Fax: 01 673 0040