Support for bereaved parents in West Cork

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, will host an Information Evening on Tuesday 16th of May in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry.

The free event is open to all mothers and fathers whose child or children have died, regardless of the age of the child, the circumstances of the death, or whether the death was recent or not.

Anam Cara has supported bereaved parents across all four provinces since 2008. They have eight active groups meeting monthly across the country, supporting some 1,800 bereaved parents annually.

A group meets monthly in Cork city and they are now setting up a West Cork group to meet in Bantry.

The Information Evening starts at 7.30pm and will begin with a talk by Pat McCarthy, a professional with extensive experience of supporting bereaved parents and their families. After the talk there will be an opportunity to speak to other bereaved parents over a cup of tea or coffee.

Sharon Vard, co-founder, bereaved parent and CEO of Anam Cara, said: “At Anam Cara we know there is no ideal age or circumstances when a precious son or daughter dies. What is important is that parents can access information and support. We would encourage bereaved parents of a child of any age – no matter whether the death happened recently or many years ago – to come along to this free event.”

The Bereavement Information Evening will be held from 7.30-9.30pm on Tuesday 16th of May in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry. Registration will start at 7.15pm.

Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for this event, so if attending, or if you have any questions, please write to before Monday 15th May, text 085 2888 888 or call 01 404 5378.

Anam Cara is an all-island voluntary support organisation set up in 2008 by bereaved parents to support bereaved parents throughout Ireland. For more information on its services, or to order a free Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, please visit or call its information line on 085 2888 888. Donations of €2 can be made by texting REMEMBER to 50300. For larger donations please visit