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Grieving in Exceptional Times

A public talk about grief and loss

Below is a recording of the June 16th event.

Irish Hospice Foundation is hosting a free online Bereavement Information evening at 7.30pm on June 16th. This online event is for people bereaved through any circumstance – illness or sudden death; they may have lost a partner, parent, child, friend, sibling, work colleague or relative. 

Grief is a natural process of reaction and adjustment to loss and change. When we lose someone or something that is important to us, we grieve. There are many types of losses – loss of health, loss of employment, marital breakdown, divorce and death – and the reactions we have after a loss may be very different. It is natural to grieve the death of a loved one before, during and after the death. Every significant loss challenges us to find ways of coping. 

COVID-19 restrictions is impacting on how people are experiencing dying, death and bereavement.  The nature of the illness is that it comes on relatively suddenly, family may be unable to spend time with the person who is ill prior to their death and they may not be there at the time of the death. In addition, due to current restrictions some of the ways we mark our grief is not possible and being physically close to people outside our household is limited. 
This is a very uncertain and upsetting time for us all. However, we can support ourselves and each other in managing our grief in new ways during this time. 

Our guest speaker Brid Carroll, who works in the area of bereavement, will talk about the process of grief, the ways we can support each other and the potential impact the current pandemic has on death, dying and bereavement. There will be time allocated at the end of the event for attendees to ask Brid questions (through a text facility).

Event info

Date: June 16th
Time: 7.30 – 8:15pm
Access: An online link provided through Zoom

Event details

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email. A zoom link will be emailed separately to you before the event. You use this link to access the event. The link will be open from 7.20pm onwards and the event will start at 7.30pm.
You can access via a computer or mobile phone. Age Action have published easy to use guidelines on how you use zoom on your smartphone of computer.

Please note that you will not be able to see or hear other attendees or they will not be able to see or hear you during the event. You will only be able to see and hear the speakers at the event. You can type in questions for the speaker using the ‘chat function’ at the bottom of your computer/phone screen.

Spread the word

Please let others know about this event. We have created an A4 poster which you can download and print out. Please offer to help friends and family who have difficultly using technology and would like to register and access this event. Attendees do not need to have an email account but will need access to one to receive the zoom link. See Age Action guidelines on Zoom. If you have any questions, contact Iris at IHF at iris.murray@hospicefoundation.ie

Speaker: Brid Carroll

Brid has provided information talks throughout Ireland on grief and loss and has worked with many parents, families and children who are grieving the loss of their child, parent or sibling. Brid is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor with a special interest in bereavement and loss. She holds a Masters in Bereavement Studies from RCSI Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood Bereavement from St. Christopher’s Hospice London.

She is a contributor to Irish Hospice Foundation’s workshop series and is co-ordinator of their Professional Certificate in Children and Loss. Brid is presently the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network and a member of the Steering Committee of the Family Bereavement Network of Europe.

About IHF

IHF are a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. We work to ensure that no-one will face death or bereavement without the care and support they need regardless of the place of death. For the past thirty years, we have been working in partnership with others to make excellence in bereavement care a national priority. We do this through many of our activities such as, awareness-raising, training and education, providing bereavement information and working collaboratively with many organisations, both state and voluntary, to enhance bereavement care provision in Ireland.

You can browse through our website for bereavement resources including ways to support yourself when you are grieving, ways to help others and our new Care & Inform hub in response to the Covid19 crisis. Irish Hospice Foundation is supporting the development of a national bereavement response, including a national telephone helpline in partnership with the HSE. The helpline will provide a first response to those affected by bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond if needed. This helpline number is 1800 80 70 77

Please help the Irish Hospice Foundation to continue to support those facing end of life at this unprecedented time of need. Text IHF to 50300 to donate €4. Text costs €4. The Irish Hospice Foundation will receive a minimum of €3.60.
Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278

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