Anam Cara, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its last event of 2017 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on December 5th.
One bereaved mother who attended an Anam Cara event earlier this year said: “it was so beneficial to listen to one of the dads talking. It was as if he could read our mind and just hit the nail on the head with so many issues. Also to see parents young and old, all sitting in a circle, all having experienced the same grief; that was very beneficial.“
Anam Cara West Cork meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Bantry.
Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents “regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not.”
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 who have attended Anam Cara events. The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents and couples interviewed on topics like A Dad’s Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death, and The Grieving Family.”
A dad who attends the group said: “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.”
The meeting – for bereaved parents only – will take place on Tuesday 5th of December from 7.30pm-9pm in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. 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.