5. Bereavement Support

Anam Cara

Anam Cara is an organisation that supports bereaved parents, Anam Cara support groups are situated throughout Ireland and provide parents a safe, comfortable environment where they have the opportunity to connect with other bereaved parents. Anam Cara is an inclusive organisation where parents do not identify themselves by their children’s age, how they died, or if their death was recent or many years ago. What Anam Cara provides is a safe place for bereaved parents to connect with others who understand the intensity of the grief and loss. Although Anam Cara does not offer counselling, each group has a lending library and information on the other services available to parents and families in the local community.

Website: www.anamcara.ie

Forum for Parents http://anamcara.ie/parents/

Forum for Siblings http://anamcara.ie/siblings/

Forum for Volunteers http://anamcara.ie/volunteers/

More resources

Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children

Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children is a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them like a parent or a sibling - through death.

Website: Children's Bereavement Service


Bereaved.ie provides advice and information for bereaved people, those supporting them and professionals working with them. It is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation

Website: www.bereaved.ie 

Bereavement Ireland

The Bereavement Counselling Service offers support and counselling in Dublin and Kildare to enable people deal with their grief. This applies not only to those directly bereaved through death, stillbirth, miscarriage, abortion etc., but also to those whose lives are affected by the losses of those near to them. The basic service consists of one-to-one counselling by appointment. Volunteers may also be available for telephone and emergency counselling sessions. 

Website: bereavementireland.com

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was founded in 2012 to act as a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families. Upon its establishment five key priority areas were outlined:

  • Support professionals to deliver high quality and accessible bereavement support;
  • Signpost families and carers to a directory of bereavement support services;
  • Inform the general public regarding issues involved in childhood loss;
  • Advocate for bereaved children, young people and those supporting them;
  • Generate new ideas and approaches to improving bereavement support for children.

Website: www.childhoodbereavement.ie

Rainbows Ireland

Rainbows Ireland is a peer-support programme to assist children, youth and adults who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family. Rainbows helps by providing a safe setting in which children, youth and adults can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences. They are supported in this process by a trained facilitator.

Web: www.rainbowsireland.com


The Child and Family Agency provides grants to family support and counselling services in different locations in Ireland.  Some of these are listed here on a county by county basis (link to listing of Tusla funded counselling organisations)

Website: http://www.tusla.ie/services/family-community-support/counselling/

The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) was established in 1981, to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy.  The website contains a directory of therapists

Website: http://www.iacp.ie/


The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy 

IAHIP is the professional body in Ireland for humanistic and integrative psychotherapy.
Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy has its roots in humanistic philosophy, which emphasises human dignity and the human capacity for fulfilment.  It aims to work with a full range of influences to encourage the development of the individual and her/his relationship to others and to society. The website contains a directory of therapists

Website: http://iahip.org/

The Phychologists Society of Ireland

This Online Register is voluntary and therefore not all psychologists who are registered members of the PSI will appear on this ‘find a psychologist’. There are Registered Psychologists who do not wish their details to be disclosed publicly. If you would like to confirm the registration status of a member, please send your query to info@psihq.ie.

Website: http://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/find-a-psychologist/

Turning Point

Turning Point is a leading Counselling/Psychotherapy Centre in Ireland, concerned with facilitating individuals in coping with life’s challenges and achieving optimum levels of psychological health, wellbeing and overall functioning. Individuals, organisations and society as a whole, will benefit from Turning Point’s pioneering efforts and holistic (bio-psychosocial) approach to the application of psychology, for maximizing overall levels of health and wellbeing.

Website: http://www.turningpoint.ie/counselling-psychotherapy/