Bereavement Support Pack

For a list of Local & National Support Groups



Parochial House, Kingscourt,

Contact name: Maureen Roddy

Phone number: 042-9667186

Part of the Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.

They provide support to those who are bereaved in the parish of Kingscourt and its surrounding areas.

  • A one-to-one service is available within a few days on request
  • Books and CDs are given to the bereaved (on loan)
  • Sympathy cards are issued following the death of a relative
  • 5 week healing programme runs each Lent and November
  • Remembrance mass in November
  • Information flyers are available in all churches, doctors’ surgeries and community halls
  • Referrals to Rainbows, Living Links and counselling

Sulis Holestic Centre – Magheracloone, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan & Iontas, Castleblaney

Bereavement support by working on one to one basis – Kathleen Tuite

  • 086 2408724
  • 042 9668076


Bereavement Counselling – Iontas, Conabury, Castleblayney

Contact name: Olive Bolger

Phone number: 042-9753410 / 404 / 411 / 412

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm

Blayney Blades aims to provide affordable counselling locally and emergency counselling in times of death and separation

Counselling service is available at a low cost based on ability to pay.



Loss & Grief / Bereavement Counselling

Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

Phone number(s) 042 9693838 / 087 0514394



Child Counselling, Bereavement Counselling/Support,

Street address: Main Street, Cavan

Contact name: Nuala McGovern

Phone number: 049-4371363

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Other details:

  • Cavan Family Resource Centre embraces all people, irrespective of age, race, class, religion or politics.
  • We recognise and respect the many faces of family, and strive to support and enrich it in its many diverse forms through the services we provide
  • Mediation services
  • Psychotherapy/counselling services – available on a sliding scale based on ability to pay
  • Suicide bereavement support
  • Solus Nua – a programme for widowed, separated or divorced



Bereavement Counselling/Support,

Street address: 171, Moneymore Estate, Drogheda

County: Louth

Phone number: 041-9846608

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm


Bereavement Counselling/Support

Street address: 32 Park Street

County: Monaghan

Contact name: Lily McMahon

Phone number: 047-82196

Other details:

Support those grieving for the loss of a loved one in Monaghan parish and its surrounding areas

Service is voluntary, free, confidential and non-judgemental


National Support Organisations

Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children

Hyde Square, 654 South Circular Road, Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 473 2110 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 12 noon)

Email: Web:


Bereavement Counselling Service

(Greater Dublin Area, Bray, Kildare and Newbridge)

Dublin Street, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 Tel: (01) 839 1766

Email: Web:


Bethany Bereavement Support Group – Parish-based support groups around the country

See website for local contact details:

Console (Living with suicide)

Console House, 4 Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge. Co. Kildare

Tel: (01) 610 2638 Helpline: 1800 201 890

Email: Web:


Irish Hospice Foundation

Morrison Chambers

32 Nassau St, Dublin 2, Tel: (01) 679 3188

Email: Web:


Irish Sudden Infant Death Association

Carmichael House

4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, Tel: (01) 873 2711, Helpline: 1850 391 391

Email: , Web:


A Little Lifetime Foundation

(Formerly Irish Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Tel: (01) 872 6996 Email: Web:


Miscarriage Association of Ireland

Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Tel: (01) 873 5702 Email:  Web:


National Association of Widows in Ireland

Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7

Tel: (01) 872 8814 or 873 3622, Email:



Rainbows Ireland

(helps children bereaved by parental death, separation or divorce)

Loreto Centre, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Tel: (01) 473 4175 Email: Web:



The Samaritans provide a national helpline number and have local branches around the country.

Helpline: 1850 60 90 90, Email:, Web:


Widowed Young




Supports for Young Adults & Children

Rainbows Ireland

Rainbows Ireland, a registered charity, is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people experiencing a significant loss in their lives through a death, separation or divorce in their family.


  • Counselling Organisation
  • St Louis Secondary School, Castleblayney Road, Dundalk,
  • County: Louth
  • Contact name: Dara Mee
  • Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
  • Other details:
  • Aim of organisation – to help students with issues around loss, separation & bereavement.
  • Service available for free.


  • Bereavement Counselling/Support
  • St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, Railway St, Navan
  • Phone number: 046-9021989
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.20am – 3.00pm
  • They provide peer support to children dealing with a death, separation or any other painful transition in their lives
  • The service is available for free
  • For further information on the Rainbows programme:
    – Telephone: 01-4734175
    – Website:



  • Type(s): Bereavement Counselling/Support,Child Counselling
  • Service Provider Type: Counselling Organisation
  • Street address: Roden House, Roden Place, Dundalk
  • County: Louth
  • Phone number: 042-9329532
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 1.30pm (office hours), the foundation is open 7 days per week depending on the programme
  • Other details:
  • The vision of the Apple Tree is to create a supportive relational environment where young people in our community are welcomed, valued and encouraged to get in touch with and express their individual gifts through creativity and the arts
  • Our aim is to work in partnership with the young people, key agencies and youth services providers to develop and provide the following services and facilities:
    – a vibrant and dynamic youth cafe
    – a youth information service
    – a programme of creative training opportunities using a range
    of methodologies – drama, music, photography, creative writing,
    crafts, dance and film
    – an exhibition space for young people’s artistic work
    – a performance space and youth theatre
    – professional counselling for young people
    – art therapy
    – meditation room to support the spiritual growth of
    young people
    – garden space
  • The service is available on a sliding scale based on ability to pay


Suicide Bereavement Support

Living Links – Cavan & Navan

Trained volunteers are now available to offer confidential, practical support and information to families who have experienced a death by suicide. At the request of the family, the Suicide Outreach Support Person can call to the home or meet at a location appointed by the family.

The outreach worker can provide information and practical support concerning the following areas:

  • The funeral
  • The inquest
  • Entitlements
  • What to say to children
  • How to deal with the neighbours
  • Help the person to clarify their personal grief
  • Connect the person to other support services in their area
  • Provide information on suicide and attempted suicide
  • Be there, as a friend, for the person.

The Living Links listening/support service is free of charge and available to any person in the community including emergency personnel, gardai and clergy etc., who have in any way been affected by suicide.

Living Links Cavan
House No. 2
Realtog Centre
Co. Cavan

Phone – 086 0235414



Living Links in Navan

Sr. Elma Peppard, at 046 9021407
Dowdstown Hse,
Dalgan Park,
Co. Meath.



SOSAD is a community organisation dedicated to helping all people who might be considering suicide, suffering from depression or bereaved by suicide. They offer a full range of support services including suicide interventions, suicide risk or psychological assessments, one to one counselling as well as practical help and support. Their services are free, and are available for emergencies around the clock.

60 Trinity Street,
Drogheda, Co. Louth
24 hour emergency: 041 9848754

4 O’Growney Tce,
Navan, Co. Meath
24 hour emergency: 046 9031855, 083 3712622

31 Williamson’s place,
Dundalk, Co. Louth
24 hour emergency: 042 9327311

3 Tower Hamlets (beside Garda station)
Farnham Street,
Cavan, Co. Cavan
24 hour emergency: 049 4326339, 0834339090

Carrickmacross OFFICE:
6A Parnell St,
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan


Type(s): Bereavement Counselling/Support

Service Provider Type: Counselling Organisation

Street address: 19/20 Rear Office Park St, Monaghan Town

County: Monaghan

Contact name: Patricia O’Connell

Phone number: 047-72606 / Lo-Call: 1890-555121

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Other details:

We support family members and friends in the aftermath of a suicide through the provision of the following services:
– one-to-one support
– group support
– information on entitlements e.g. death grants
– referral to counselling services
– training courses through Fás

Counselling services are available at a low cost




Kubler-Ross, E  (2005) On Grief & Grieving
Payne (1999) Loss and Bereavement
Wertheimer(2001) A Special Scar; Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide
Wolfelt, A  (1992) Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal
Strobe & Strobe (1993) Handbook of Bereavement
Littlewood, J (1992) Aspects of Grief: Bereavement in Adult Life
Wright, B (1996) Sudden Death, 2nd Ed

Texts relating to grief in children & young people:

Crossley & Stokes Beyond the Rough Rock – Supporting a Child who has been Bereaved through Suicide
Worden Children & Grief – When a Parent Dies
Sunderland & Engleheart Draw on Your Emotions
Dyregrov Grief in Children; A Handbook for Adults
Smith The Forgotten Mourners: Guidelines for Working With Bereaved Children
Wolfelt A Child’s View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Counsellors
‘Drawing out Feelings’ Series When Someone Very Special Dies

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness

When Something Terrible Happens

Facilitation Guide

Dept of Health Booklets ‘What to do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused’ or ‘About Preventing Child Abuse’

Cruse Bereavement Care’s Youth Involvement Project

Interactive website for young people:

This site is aimed primarily at young people between 12-18, but is often used by younger and older. They can post on the message board or read other messages from young people so they know others go through similar experiences. Children/young people can find support when they don’t to want talk to adults.


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