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Bereavement is the death or loss of someone close to us. Grief is the process of how bereavement and loss affect us. It often causes disruption and disturbance of everyday life

There are many different types of loss: loss of health, of employment, marital breakdown, divorce and death.  How we react to loss will be different for everyone. For most people there is a period of intense, fluctuating reactions that ease over time. Other people can experience intense reactions to their grief that are prolonged.

Grief and loss impact everyone differently and can affect us in ways that are:

  • emotional
  • physical
  • social
  • cognitive
  • financial
  • spiritual

This site provides information to help you understand more about the grieving process including


Grief & Loss During COVID-19

COVID-19 restrictions, mean some of the ways we traditionally mark our grief are no longer possible. In response to the pandemic, we have also set up our Care & Inform hub which includes a new series of resources on grief and loss to support those grieving in these exceptional times. 

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Bereavement Support line

Many people have experienced and will experience the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes. People may also be finding a previous bereavement more difficult at this time. While we may be seeing reductions in the number of deaths connected […] Read more >

COVID-19 Care and Inform

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we […] Read more >

Coping with Loss

Grief is how a bereavement affects us personally. It’s what we experience when we lose something or someone important to us. This experience can be particularly hard when someone close to us dies. Coping with loss means making sense of the loss and learning to live without that person. This is the work of grieving. Good grief […] Read more >

Helping a Bereaved Person

Grieving is difficult — difficult to go through and difficult to witness. But there are ways to help people coping with loss. What to say to a bereaved person   How to help a bereaved person Try to attend the removal or funeral if this is appropriate. Take the time to make contact either by […] Read more >

Working in Bereavement

A wide range of professionals and volunteers provide support to people who are bereaved. It is important for people working in bereavement and loss to be aware of the limits of their own competence, to avail of appropriate training, and to be aware of national supports. As a rule, the more complex a bereaved person’s needs, […] Read more >

Bereavement Resources

The Irish Hospice Foundation has produced leaflets, videos and audio recordings about bereavement, grief and dealing with loss. These pages also house links to additional bereavement resources and information.   The Bereavement Pin The bereavement pin, designed by Alan Ardiff, symbolises the circle of life and the strengths and resources that we can draw on […] Read more >

Bereavement News & Events

          Our annual Living with Loss bereavement information event is moving online this year. It’s taking place at 7pm on Wednesday December 9. We will provide an online space to share some reflections on bereavement and to help people to find out about the supports available. This event is for all: you […] Read more >

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