Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2023

Children grieve too. So, what can you do?


Why This Campaign?

Most children can manage and learn to live with their grief with the appropriate support from their family and key adults in their lives.  However, this is based on the premise that the adults surrounding the child have accurate and up-to-date information on the impact of childhood bereavement.  Sometimes families may not be able to provide this support and they will need input from outside the family.


What You Can Do?

You can get involved by by hosting a stand / display in your job, having a viewing of one of the webinars with your colleagues or getting involved in the online campaign.

If you are doing something for the campaign, please let us know would be happy to support in anyway we can.  If you are hosting a public event we would love to include it on our website, just let us know the details or if you would like any material posted.

We know that all adults can help by understanding and seeing the needs of bereaved children. So this year, we are asking you to take one minute to watch the video below and learn how you can help to build a compassionate community where bereaved children are supported to express grief.

#BCAW #ChildrenGrieveToo

What We Have Planned:

During 13-17th November the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) will coordinate a series of awareness raising events. There will be a number of webinars for professionals exploring a range of issues facing bereaved children and highlighting ways for adults to provide appropriate compassionate support. There will also be online support session for parents and carers, as well as a media campaign and a range of local and regional events delivered by members and friends of ICBN.

Feel free to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in supporting the campaign


National Online Events:

In the lead up to this week we will host an array of online webinars targeted at the public and professionals, all webinars are free but registration is required.


Bereavement Networks Lunch & Learn: Showcasing Supports for Bereaved Families
Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Register and see full details here


An Intercultural Conversation About What We Learn To Do With Grief – Hosted by Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Services

Date: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Register and see full details here


Supporting Bereaved Children: An Open Evening for Parents & Carers

Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Register and see full details here



Teachers Supporting Bereaved Children

Date: Tuesday, November 28th
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Register and see full details here


Feel free to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in supporting the campaign