Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2021

bereaved childrens awareness week

Every November, the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) organises a series of events across Ireland to highlight bereaved children’s needs and provide a voice for them to be heard. Please find a selection of resources and graphics for use in workplaces and communities to raise awareness about Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2021 on our Promotional Assets page

10 Ways to Support a Child’s Grief

This is a short video to provide some key guidance for adults supporting a bereaved child or young person.

Finding your Way through Grief

A short video in collaboration with St. Francis Hospice providing information and support for teenagers and young people who have been bereaved

Children Grieve Too so What Can You Do?

How can an adult help a bereaved child? This video explains how the acronym TEARS can guide you in supporting a grieving child or young person.


Professional webinar series

Below is a series of 3 lunch time zoom sessions in November that we have planned especially for you as a professional supporting families and children. You are leading out every day with compassion to others; this is an opportunity to take some time to show compassion to yourself.​

These sessions have been tailored for you to offer some time to reflect, to inform and to share and learn from each other. Joining these sessions will connect you with a community of professionals supporting children and families in grief.

time to reflect
ICBN members & friends professional Session 1 for BCAW
Date: Wednesday, Nov 10th
Time: 12:30-2:00
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supporting suicide bereavement
ICBN members & friends professional Session 2 for BCAW
Date: Wednesday, Nov 17th
Time: 12:30-2:00
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childrens grief challenges
ICBN members & friends professional Session 3 for BCAW with Q&A panel to explore and unpick some of the challenging scenarios that we can face in our work and support
Date: Wednesday, Nov 24th
Time: 12:30-2:00
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Public Webinars

These information sessions are aimed at parents and carers and the general public to help support and inform families to understand children’s grief and have conversation to help with the emotions and feelings that arise. The speakers will share information about what to expect from children at different ages and explore some of the common issues that may arise. There will be an opportunity to send in questions anonymously for the panel to address.

Supporting Children and Families in Their Experience of Grief

Hosted by Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Facilitated by Dr Aidan McKiernan, Principal Clinical Psychologist (Specialist) and Thomas Begley, Chaplain, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.
Date: Wednesday, Nov 10th
Time: 11:00am-12:00
To register, please email Virtual log in details will be sent to all those registered.

supporting parents
An open evening for parents and carers to empower them to support their children with grief
Date: Monday, Nov 15th
Time: 7:30pm
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purple house
Hosted by Purple House with Anne Regan MIAHIP, ICP, ACAP and Teresa Grant BA (Hons). Anne is an Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapist, a Child Art Psychotherapist, and a Clinical Supervisor at Purple House Cancer Support Centre. Teresa is the Child & Family Liaison Coordinator & CLIMB Facilitator at Purple House Cancer Support Centre. Theresa holds a Degree in Early Childhood Development & Education, and is an Accredited Parent Plus Facilitator and Meitheal Lead Practitioner.
Date: Friday, Nov 19th
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
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Children at the Margins: Supporting Children in Multiple Forms of Loss in the Community

This webinar explores the panel’s experiences of supporting children on the margins connected to bereavement but also parental incarceration, homelessness, divorce and family separation.
children at the margins
The panel of Limerick and Thurles-based professionals includes:
Alison Curtin – The Bedford Row Project
Evelyn Hill – Assistant Lecturer, TUS/Loss & Grief group researcher
Maeve O’Doherty – Child Development Homelessness Project Coordinator, ABC Startright
The event is open to the public and would suit anyone who works with or cares for children in any capacity. It will also be a lecture for students in the BA in Social Care Work program at TUS, Limerick.
Date: Monday, Nov22nd
Time: 12:00-1:15
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