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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

                                                          

 

 

‘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