Anam Cara, an all-island organisation that supports bereaved parents, is now established in West Cork. Anam Cara provides bereaved parents with parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved mothers and fathers who will understand the depth of their loss and grief.
The first monthly meeting for bereaved parents will take place on Tuesday 5th of September from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.
One bereaved mother who attended an Anam Cara event earlier this year said: “Both my husband and I felt it helped us in our grief to be in a place where we felt safe and comfortable to express the way we feel and think. I am good at talking but my husband is deep and I find for him the more interaction we have with other parents like ourselves then he gets the nerve to say something. It might be small but it’s a start.”
For those considering attending but unsure, Ms Vard suggested they have a look at the website, anamcara.ie. “There, in their own time, parents can watch our short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events. The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents interviewed on topics like A Dad’s Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death, and The Grieving Family.”
A dad who attends the group urged bereaved parents to give it a try. “The solidarity experienced by being among people who are bound together by a common feeling of appalling loss is a great help. None of us wanted to be in this group nor would wish it on others but the feeling of understanding – which doesn’t need to be verbally expressed – is a support. We all understand.”
For more information see anamcara.ie or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888 to order a free copy of the Anam Cara Information Pack.