Bereavement Support

The Bereavement Support Service at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is co-ordinated by the Social Work Department. It provides free one-to-one bereavement support to families and friends of patients who died under the care of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services..

Please note, due to GDPR, those who wish to access out service or attend events must contact us directly.

They can do this by email: or telephone: 01-406 8750

Bereavement Services available:

Support is available to adults and children who have had a loved one die in our care. It is free and non-denominational. We recognise that people living in Ireland from different cultural backgrounds may experience or express their grief in different ways. The bereavement service will try to offer the support to meet their particular needs. Our Bereavement Services booklet has more details on the services we offer.

  • Remembrance Evening – This event provides information on the grieving process and an opportunity to remember the person who has died through poetry, music and ritual. Information is provided on how to access other bereavement services.
  • Individual bereavement support for adults and children – Provided by the social work and the bereavement support team.
  • Children’s bereavement weekend – This group, for children, helps to normalise the experience of loss and ease the sense of isolation that many children experience when someone close to them dies. It is a relaxed, fun environment where children are helped to develop strategies to cope with their grief. A virtual version is currently available for parents to help them support their children. As part of the weekend we provide a one-day programme for adults whose children attend this weekend. This programme provides information on how children grieve and offers practical suggestions for supporting children.
  • Parenting bereaved children – This programme helps parents to care for children who are bereaved through the death of a parent. It takes place over four weeks with each session lasting two hours.
  • Blue Christmas – This annual event for adults and children acknowledges that Christmas can be a painful, difficult or lonely time for the are newly-bereaved. Through poetry and music, this event provides support and offers strategies to help cope with grief at Christmas.