Bereavement professionals urged to attend special network meeting

A special meeting for those working with bereaved children in the west of Ireland will take place on March 5 in Sligo.

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network is encouraging professionals in Galway working with bereaved children to attend its West and North-West regional meeting which is free of charge.

Professional including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, and guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.

Nicola Jordan, co-ordinator of the ICBN, says the meeting is an opportunity for professionals working with bereaved children and young people in the locality to come together and share their experiences with people who are doing similar work. “We are hoping that professionals from Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan will join us on the day.”

Nicola Jordan will introduce the work of the ICBN, while chairperson and children and loss consultant Bríd Carroll will deliver a talk titled ‘Siblings: The Forgotten Grievers’. It will also be an opportunity for those working locally to meet and discuss current topics of interest.

Launched in 2012, the ICBN aims to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one.

Research carried out in 2012 found that 28 per cent of Irish nine-year-olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2 per cent have lost a parent.

The meeting will take place at the Sligo Park Hotel between 10am and 1pm.

For further information contact [email protected].

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