Directory of services
Below is a list of the ICBN member organisations that provide services to bereaved children and have signed up to follow the ICBN’s best practice guidelines . While the ICBN cannot recommend individuals, accredited therapists are listed by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy , Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy , National Association of Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy , Psychological Society of Ireland , and may be able to suggest a therapist who has a background in childhood bereavement.
Every child’s grief and needs are different, you may need to make other enquiries or ask your GP what they would recommend before you make a decision. The ICBN is not a regulatory body and cannot accept responsibility for the quality of care provided by its members.
Anam Cara is a national organisation providing online and face to face services for bereaved parents after the death of a child. Anam Cara’s key strength is providing a safe and comfortable forum for parents to connect with other bereaved parents.
Tel: 01 4045378
Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service
Barnardos provides a national helpline and a therapeutic service in Dublin and Cork, for children and young people who have lost someone close to them.
Tel: 01 4732110
Children’s Grief Project, Limerick
The Children’s Grief Project is a support service for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation or divorce.
Tel: 061 224627
Cork University Hospital and Maternity Hospital
Provides bereavement services to the children of family members attending the hospital.
Tel: 021 454 6400
Féileacáin (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland – SANDAI) is a newly formed, not for profit organisation ( CHY – 19635) that aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. They provide support groups, low cost counselling, memory boxes and an online remembrance site.
Tel: 085 2496464
First Light provides support to children and families who have lost a child to sudden death by offering counselling nationally.
Tel: 1850 391 391
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage up to the age of 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. We also provide end of life care to all children up to the age of 4 years. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care. We also provide bereavement support and follow up.
Tel: +353 45 – 894538/660
Kilkenny Bereavement Support
They provide one-to-one services for people of all ages bereaved of a loved one, in the Kilkenny area.
Tel: 056 7756538
Marymount University Hospice, Cork
Provides bereavement support to children of family members attending the hospice or community team for palliative care.
Tel: 021 450 1201
Milford Care Centre
Milford Care Centre provides bereavement support to children in either a one-to-one or group setting. Support is open to any bereaved child in Clare, Limerick or Tipperary.
Tel: 061 485 800
Rainbows provides support nationally to children and young people who have experienced a loss.
Tel: 01 4734175
Support after Homicide
A national voluntary organisation which provides emotional support and practical information to people whose lives have been affected by homicide. It is a free confidential service provided by trained volunteers nationwide.
Tel: 087 983 7322