Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) have developed free bereavement resource pack, Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times, The pack includes all the resources developed as part of IHF’s Care & Inform Hub which was specially created to respond to the needs of those facing dying, death and bereavement during COVID-19 restrictions. Support for Grieving in Exceptional times includes advice and guidance on acknowledging and coping with grief from a COVID-19 death, what to expect when planning a funeral as well as helping children deal with loss and grief. The pack also includes three resources for those supporting bereaved children as the response to the pandemic continues; Helping children grieve during COVID-19, Supporting teenagers to grieve during COVID-19 and Finding new ways for children to say goodbye.
Care Alliance Ireland have developed The Way Ahead which aims to support former carers as they enter a new phase in their lives. The booklet outlines options for returning to paid work, volunteering or further education, as well as online supports and counselling services. The booklet is available free of charge to organisations and to former family carers.
Looking after someone may be a large part of your life, but it is inevitable that your caring role will change over time. This may be because the person you cared for has recovered and no longer needs care, they can no longer be cared for at home, or because they have died. Whatever your situation, it is important to realise that you are not alone. It will be difficult, but you can find help and support. ‘When caring ends or changes’ is for carers who are experiencing significant change in their lives. It outlines the support available and the steps you can take to help you through each situation
The Irish Hospice Foundation’s specially developed information hub for people who are bereaved and each other in managing grief in new ways during this time.
It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it. There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken. What needs to happen first will depend on the circumstances of the death and whether the person died in hospital, at home, a public place or overseas. This will also affect the type of documentation that you will be given.
Most young people will have been bereaved of someone close to them (a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, teacher) by the time they are 16. Many will cope well with their loss, but all will need the support of those around them.
‘The Final Journey’ Reflective Memoir has been created by Sabina Mason, who worked as a nurse within an Intensive Care Unit. The memoir is designed for people to write about their experience of someone close to them dying. The end of life is a traumatic experience and grieving is a highly individual experience; there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Inevitably, the grieving process and healing process takes time. The memoir journal is used to bridge the gap between your loss and how they are feeling right now. Did you make sense of the death or loss at the time?” and “How do you interpret the loss now?” As writer Tara DaPra eloquently observes in her essay “Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy:” “Perhaps the only recompense for tragedy—for death and loss of innocence—is the chance to create some measure of beauty. The marvel of a well-crafted sentence—finding just the right diction and syntax—is a small triumph over pain, a way to create order in the world.” Inside the memoir journal a photo can be inserted and through writing about your feelings it will guide you to answer some questions you might have. You will find poems, as it can also offer a way of coming to terms with your loss. People can write to their deceased loved ones in total privacy, or opt to share their writing with family and close friends.
Finding Your Way Through Grief: For teenagers and young adults
This book was written by the social work team of St Francis Hospice Dublin in collaboration with bereaved teenagers, who speak in the book about what helped them in their grief. It is the first book in the Irish context designed as a resource for young people themselves to use as they navigate their way through bereavement and loss.
Link to Resource: Finding Your Way Through Grief