Chance for bereaved parents to talk at Limerick's Milford Hospice

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Chance for bereaved parents to talk at Limerick's Milford Hospice

Anam Cara will host the event on February 15

A FREE information evening to give bereaved parents in Limerick a safe and comfortable environment to express their grief is due to take place in Milford Care Centre next week.  

Anam Cara, the national organisation supporting bereaved parents, will hold an information evening in conjunction with Milford at its centre in Castletroy on Thursday February 15, from 7 to 9pm. 

The event will give parents an opportunity to hear professionals experienced in bereavement support talk about the many challenges families have to face into following the death of their son or daughter.

“Both my husband and I felt it helped us in our grief to be in a place where we felt safe and comfortable to express the way we feel and think,” one bereaved mother who attended the event said. 

“I am good at talking but my husband is deep and I find for him, the more interaction we have with other parents like ourselves then he gets the nerve to say something. It might be small but it's a start,” she added. 

The event is open to all bereaved parents, according to Anam Cara chief executive Sharon Vard.

“Regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not,” Ms Vard said.

“Anam Cara gives bereaved mums and dads a chance to meet and connect with other bereaved parents in a safe and comfortable setting.”

”You can find a level of support and understanding that, even with the best will in the world, can be difficult for family and friends to offer.”

On the night, a guest speaker experienced in supporting bereaved parents will talk for about forty minutes.

Afterwards there’ll be an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents, and the opportunity to speak to a professional should you have any questions or concerns.

For parents who would like more information, or are unable to attend, testimonies from parents and couples who have attended these events are available, as well as other resources on anamcara.ie. 

 Videos on topics like a dad’s grief, sudden and traumatic death, and the grieving family are also available to watch. 

Milford Care Centre and Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers. Please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Wednesday February 14 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.