Bereavement Counselling – Level 3 support
When is counselling needed
No experience of bereavement is easy, but the circumstances surrounding certain deaths can bring additional difficulties for those left behind. Other factors, such as a history of difficulty in coping with loss or a difficult relationship with the person who has died may also suggest that professional intervention may be useful.
Who to contact
In Ireland there is no professional qualification in bereavement counselling.
Professionally trained therapists will be registered with a governing body such as those listed below.
These organisations will be able to provide details of qualified therapists who specialise in issues of loss and grief
Counselling and therapy organisations
- The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), tel. 01 2303536
- The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy tel. 01-2843868
- The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) tel. 01 4720105
- Turning Point in Dublin (01 2807888) offer training in bereavement counselling and bereavement counselling services.
If your bereavement relates to the death of a child, Barnardos tel. 01-4530355 can provide counselling and advice.
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network have information on organisations providing bereavement support for children
When additional difficulties arise
For a small number of people the grief will not ease over time. These people may develop what is known as Complicated Grief