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The loss of a child is the most difficult experience any parent can face. These resources offer support and advice for bereaved parents to help them cope with this loss.
Booklets and other resources for bereaved parents
Grieving the death of a child
This leaflet from the Irish Hospice Foundation briefly explains the grieving process and offers advice on how to support bereaved parents
Grieving the death of a child
This leaflet published by the HSE explores the issues which arise when parents grieve the death of their child.
Books on parental grief
Love after Death by
Publication Date: 2017-08-21
For bereaved parents the development of a continuing bond with the child who has died is a key element in their grieving and in how they manage the future. Using her experience of working in a children's hospital as a counsellor with bereaved parents, Catherine Seigal looks at how continuing bonds are formed, what facilitates and sustains them and what can undermine them. She reflects on what she learned about the counsellor's role supporting parents in extremely distressing situations. Using the words and experiences of bereaved parents, and drawing on current theories of continuing bonds, the book is relevant to both professionals and parents.
Beyond Tears by
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. In "Beyond Tears, " nine mothers share their individual stories of how to survive in the darkest hour. They candidly share with other bereaved parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond.
The Bereaved Parent by
Publication Date: 1978-11-30
Practical supportive advice for bereaved parents and the professionals who work with them, based on the experiences of psychiatric and religious counselors.
The Death of a Child by
Publication Date: 2011-07-28
The death of a child is seldom discussed. This is for those who experience such tragedies, the shock and the loss. The Death of a Child is a collection of a dozen essays in which parents and siblings tell their own stories of losing a child, brother or sister, and of how they have coped with bereavement and grief.
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by
Publication Date: 1996-02-01
Reassurance for parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death.
Anam Cara provide support for bereaved parents both through online resources and support meetings across Ireland.
First Light offer a range of practical and therapeutic supports as well as useful information to help parents and families who are bereaved suddenly.
National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org