This section provides information on a range of bereavement resources for professionals and is suitable for counsellors, social workers, psychologists and other professionals meeting bereaved children.
The ICBN is an organisation providing information and support to families, carers and professionals working with bereaved children in Ireland. If you would like to share a resource that is not listed on this website and is particularly helpful in your work with bereaved children please share it with us here.
Ireland’s first Childhood Bereavement Care Pyramid was launched on October 4th, 2014 by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly in Dublin Castle. This pyramid is supported by a document which includes more detail on each of the components of the pyramid. For more information please click here.
Childhood Bereavement in Ireland – Factsheet
Leading organisations have published helpful leaflets and booklets which are a good tool for you as a professional to disseminate to parents and families whom you support. Each leaflet focuses on a specific area and outlines tips and information for families to help them support and talk to a child who is bereaved. They can be downloaded and printed using the links below:
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“Too often in the helping fields, we focus on the immediate tasks at hand and the intense human needs before us, rather than thinking of how we must take care of ourselves if ourself, the healing agent, is to thrive for the decades of our work” (Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison, 2011). As a bereavement specialist it […]
Education and Training
Education and continuous professional development are essential to ensure continued good practice and high quality support to bereaved children. Those providing support must have the competencies to address the needs of bereaved children at the level and complexity of those needs. Find out more about courses specifically related to bereavement and loss below: Irish […]
Support for schools during a bereavement
When a bereaved child returns to school it is important that the school climate is supportive and understanding of their needs. A bereavement can impact hugely on the emotional and social well -being of the child and on their ability to concentrate and conduct their studies. Teachers are in a unique position to provide positive […]