IRD Duhallow operates a voluntary run Bereavement Support Service which provides a free and confidential listening service to people who have been bereaved or experienced a loss in their lives in Duhallow. Trained volunteers provide both one to one and group sessions for people who are able to avail of this service regardless of their financial circumstances or geographical location.
All volunteers are highly trained and have much experience in the area. IRD Duhallow is always interested in training new volunteers for this service. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form.
Volunteers are also trained to deliver the Rainbows Programme which is a peer support programme for children and youths who are grieving a death, seperation and or other painful transition in their family. The programme helps by providing a safe environment in which children and youths can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences. A trained volunteer supports them in this process. This is a twelve week programme and is again free and confidential.
In September 2009 IRD Duhallow hosted a public information seminar in Newmarket entitled "Living with Loss" which was a great success. Guest speakers on the night were Jean Woods Psychotherapist who spoke on 'The challenge of change brought about by the death and loss of a loved one'. Alan Galvin Adult Guidance Counsellor spoke on "Refocusing after Job Loss and Redundancies" & Mary Roberts, Psychiatric Nurse informed the audience of 'Local Issues and Supports available'.
The Bereavement Support Service has also produced leaflets and business cards for distribution on the service that they offer as well as providing detailed information on the stages of grief. These leaflets are available at many shops, churches, clinics and surgeries in the region but are also available here:
|IRD Duhallow Bereavement Leaflet||IRD Duhallow Beareavement Card|
For more information on this invaluable service please contact Helen O'Sullivan at 029-60633 or to make an appointment with a trained volunteer please ring The Bereavement Support Helpline at 087-6279000.