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Is Grief in Older Age Different?

An information event for those working with people in older age hosted by South Dublin Bereavement Network and supported by Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Event details 

Venue: Online via Zoom
Date: Thursday 12th of May 
Time: 12pm 
Cost: Free

Although bereavement is a more common experience as we get older, the research tells us that older people may be more at risk of a negative effect. This is contrary to previous beliefs that older people will be more prepared for coping with grief because they have more experience of it. The cumulative impact of experiencing numerous losses can also have a negative impact on the older person.                                                                                                                                      

A compassionate community approach plays an important role in supporting anyone who has been bereaved. This includes compassion from family, friends and those we have incidental interactions with throughout our day, such as at the welfare office, bank or with a home care worker.  

This event is for anyone working with people in older age in any setting, including the community and residential settings. There will be a Q&A session as well as speakers.  

These sessions will provide:   

  • Some general understandings of bereavement (how it can affect us, what can help, how you can support others)    
  • Some ways bereavement can affect those in older age  
  • Information about helpful bereavement resources e.g. websites, leaflets etc.   
  • Information about bereavement services in the South Dublin area  


Jennifer Allen is a Senior Social Worker practicing in an older adult mental health service based in a Dublin teaching hospital. Jennifer has previously co-ordinated a hospital bereavement support programme, and co-facilitated numerous bereavement and carer support groups

Amanda Roberts works with the bereavement team in Irish Hospice Foundation. Amanda works with bereavement service providers at a regional and national level.    

You will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the event.   

This is a free event but you must register. Register via Eventbrite.