Bereavement Volunteers

The Bereavement Support Service is provided by the Social Work Department. Along with Bereavement Social Workers, a team of hospice-trained Bereavement Support Volunteers provide one-to-one support to people who are bereaved if their relative or friend was cared for by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

We recruit new volunteers approximately every four years. Applicants are required to complete an application form, attend for interview and obtain Garda vetting. Following successful completion of an intensive eighty hour training programme, which generally takes place on Saturdays, candidates will be invited to join the team of Bereavement Support Volunteers. We ask for a minimum commitment to the service of two years following successful completion of training and volunteers must be available on a Monday night to meet that commitment.

We do not accept applications from professional counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists or social workers. We ask that potential applicants who have experienced bereavement wait for two years prior to applying.

For further information on becoming a bereavement volunteer at OLH&CS please contact: Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator directly on 01-4068794 or email

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