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The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) will host its first ever regional ‘Living with Loss’ event in Cork on Thursday 6 June, 6.30pm, in collaboration with local bereavement support services.

The free event for the public, which takes place at the Clayton Hotel in Cork City, will provide information about grief and the range supports available to bereaved people in the county.   

The event is for people bereaved through any circumstance – through illness or sudden death; who may have lost a partner, parent, child, friend or sibling. 

Former Cork hurler Dessie Fitzgerald will be the guest speaker on the evening. He will talk about the loss of his two brothers. Most recently, Dessie was invited to tell his story on the Late Late Show. 

The event will begin at 6.30pm and run until 9.30pm. Professionals who work in the area of bereavement will talk about the process of grief and the ways we can support each other. The talks will include information about the ways children grieve and how the adults in their lives can support them.  There are also opportunities for interaction and questions. 

Head of Education & Bereavement at the IHF is Orla Keegan: “Bereavement can be an isolating, lonely and confusing experience in a person’s life. The Irish Hospice Foundation has organised an annual Living with Loss event in Dublin over the past number of years. Year on year, hundreds of people have attended and the feedback has been very positive. During that time, we have  received a number of requests for similar events outside of Dublin.”

“This year, in collaboration with a number of bereavement support services in Cork, we are delighted to host our first Cork Living with Loss event. Our special thanks goes to Forde Funeral Homes who are kindly sponsoring the event.”

A number of local voluntary bereavement support services along with professional therapeutic services will be represented on the night. Refreshments will also be available and those attending will be able to visit the different organisation stands and find out more about the services they provide.

The event is free of charge and booking is not required. You can download the event flyer here

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Please contact Amanda at [email protected] if you have any questions about the event.

Organisations confirmed to attend include: Anam Cara, Barnardos, Bethany Bereavement Support, CanTalk, Citizen Information Service, Coiscéim Counselling Programme, Cork Counselling Service, Cork North Community Work Department, Cork University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Diocese of Cork & Ross, Embrace Farm, Féileacáin, FirstLight, Irish Hospice Foundation, Irish Road Victims Association, Marymount Hospice, Mercy Hospital, Pieta House, Suicide Prevention Resource Office, Support After Homicide and The Miscarriage Association.

Our special thanks goes to Forde Funeral Homes who are kindly sponsoring the event.