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.
In the absence of a national approach to childhood bereavement care in Ireland, the pyramid is a guide for professionals and concerned adults in identifying and responding to the needs of children and young people who have experienced a loss.
An expert group working in the area of childhood bereavement was convened to review the adult and child bereavement literature and pertinent policies (international and local), in order to establish existing models of bereavement care and core dimensions of best practice. From this review and building on practice experience, a framework was created and piloted with medical, social work and educational professionals and parents.
An article was included in the December 2014 edition of the Irish Association of Palliative Care newsletter, to promote it as a tool for professionals. Please read the article here.
Please see below for a copy of the pyramid which
you can click on it for a bigger version. This pyramid is supported by a document which includes more detail on each of the components of the pyramid. This document is available here.