An organisation which supports grieving parents is hosting a special free information evening in Cork city early next month.

Anam Cara will host the event on Wednesday, October 5, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Ambassador Hotel, Military Road.

It will give parents an opportunity to hear a professional, experienced in bereavement support, talk about the many challenges families have to face after the death of their son or daughter.

There will be time after the talk to speak to other bereaved parents.

Anam Cara chief executive Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age their child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not.

Anam Cara gives bereaved mums and dads a chance to meet and connect with other bereaved parents in a safe and comfortable setting.

Ms Vard also spoke about the new resources Anam Cara have made available for bereaved parents and their families.

“We have made a series of short videos which are a powerful resource to any family experiencing the death of a child. They aim to reassure parents that they will, one day, learn to cope with the overwhelming sense of loss and desperation that is associated with the passing of a child.

“Newly bereaved parents and families need the support of those who have suffered a similar experience and learned to cope again, they need reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that they too will be able to emerge from the depths of despair and start living and enjoying life again,” Ms Vard said.

The Anam Cara videos include testimonies from bereaved parents and couples and can be viewed at

Anam Cara has also produced an Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, a free copy of which can be ordered by contacting it head office at (01) 404 5378.

As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for refreshments, please RSVP to before Tuesday, October 4, or call their information line on 085 2888 888.


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