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Ideas to Help Bereaved Children Cope on Father’s Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day is nearly here and it can be a very difficult time for children bereaved of their Dad. In Ireland 38,806* Mothers who are widowed, parent young children alone and it can be a struggle to know how to mark this special day.

But first, lets acknowledge the 11,690* widowed Dad’s of young children in Ireland who are doing a wonderful job. Regardless of your children’s age parenting alone is very difficult, take a bow Dad’s your doing better than you realise. You too Mum’s!

We’ve gathered together Fathers’s Day ideas shared over the years from our community of young widowed parents. Remember to speak with your children in the days before and ask what they would like to do. Some children would like to make cards but others won’t want to. Hopefully, some of our ideas will be of help.
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Group Bereavement Counselling AdVIC June 2018 Dublin & Limerick

AdVIC

AdVIC is an Irish charity that advocates for victims of homicide while also providing support for families. Since 2009, Homicide Bereavement Support Groups have taken place alternatively in Dublin, Cork or Limerick.

If you are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one due to homicide or fatal assault, AdVIC have announced their June bereavement counselling group.

Bereavement group counselling aims to provide emotional support and a safe space for individuals/families to meet other people who have experienced similar experiences and loss of a loved one by homicide or fatal assault.Read More

Limerick’s Olive Foley Appointed Ambassador to Children’s Grief Centre

Children’s Grief Centre

THE widow of Irish and Munster rugby legend, Anthony “Axel” Foley, is the newly appointed ambassador to the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick.

Olive Foley recently spoke of her grief experience following the death of her 42 year old husband, in October, 2016. Shortly after Anthony’s death the principal of her sons’ school provided her with Sr. Helen’s phone number, founder of the Children’s Grief Centre.

Speaking about the support provided to her young boys, Olive said “Over the last year and half she [Sr. Helen] has supported the kids and really seen them through a very difficult time so I have really seen first hand the work she has done. It is quite extraordinary to be able to give children a beautiful place where they can go to, and express themselves through talking, express emotions through art and all these different lovely mediums. She and her staff do incredible work.Read More

Loneliness Taskforce First Meeting in Leinster House

Loneliness Taskforce

The Loneliness Taskforce was established by Dr. Keith Swanick in collaboration with the CEO of ALONE, Seán Moynihan, to coordinate a response to the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation in Ireland. Through its work, the Loneliness Taskforce is seeking to increase awareness about the issue and to produce a set of recommendations for Government, state agencies and all policy makers.

Over 300 submissions have been received by the Taskforce sent from the general public, Oireachtas and Northern Ireland Assembly Members, MEPs, NGOs, Local Authorities, Public Participation Networks, and Volunteer Networks across the country, both North and South. The establishment of the Taskforce has created a much-needed national conversation on the loneliness and social isolation faced by people in Ireland.Read More

People of the Year Awards, Colette Byrne & Widow.ie

People of the Year Awards Colette Byrne

Let me share with you something amazing that happened. In mid to late January of this year I got a phone call from a gentleman saying he was from the People of the Year Awards, he continued to explain that I had been nominated for an award and was now shortlisted. Much of what he said didn’t register and he had to repeat himself a couple of times at my request, I couldn’t believe it, is this really happening? I wasn’t even aware of being nominated.

The phone call came from Martin Grant of Rehab and People of the Year Awards, who explained I was shortlisted in the category ‘Everyday Hero’ for my work setting up the bereavement support website Widow.ie. He continued to explain that the nomination was by a member of our forum who, at that time, wished to remain anonymous and that I would have to be willing to go on the radio. It was a lot of information to process.Read More

I’m Afraid Of The Light. I Love The Autumn Season

Autumn

If you did a straw poll and asked folk what is their favourite season I’d hazard a guess that a lot of the answers would be Summer and Spring. After all they are the two seasons of growth and renewal. What’s not to like about Summer? The days grow long. The sun shines and it’s holiday time. Spring is the beginning of the end of Winter. Daffodils poke through the cold, wet ground and Mother Earth awakens from her Winter sleep. So, what about poor old Autumn/Winter?
I like being different. I am not a great fan of Spring or Summer. There’s too much light around. I love the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness that poet John Keats wrote about and and the Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.Read More

AT A GLANCE

What is Widow.ie?

Established in January 2009, Widow.ie is an Irish online information and self-help resource for, and by widows, widowers and bereaved life partners.

How can Widow.ie Help me?

The purpose of the community forum is to help people like you who have lost a loved one with peer support, mutual advice and encouragement.

Who can Join?

If you have lost your Husband, Wife or Life Partner you are welcomed to join. Some members are recently bereaved and for others its a number of years, all ages are welcome to join in conversation.

What do you talk about?

Topics covered include all aspects of bereavement and recovery, life without our loved one, rearing of children and life as an older widow or widower, to name but a few. We talk about the lighter side of life too by sharing the good days along with the bad, here is where others understand…

TESTIMONIALS next prev

  • You've come to the right place. I'm only here a short while myself and I've found this site a great support. The others are all great people who are at different stages

    Forum Member

  • I just wanted to say that you have come to the best place. 3 Days here and I feel like I've found a safe haven somewhere to come to.

    Forum Member

  • I discovered Widow.ie in August 2009, when I was three years widowed. Typing "I am a widow" into a google search engine was silent cry – "I am a widow and I feel so alone". I expected the usual response from google "do you mean window?" Well I felt shattered – like broken glass – so perhaps google had the right idea. Widow.ie appearing on my screen was a surprise and I was eager to follow the lead. It led me to a world of people just like me, women and men who had lost their life partner through death. My introduction post was not asking for sympathy just satisfying a need to walk in company for a while until I figured out the next part of this strange new existence. In Widow.ie I found just what I was looking for – ordinary people facing this extra-ordinary challenge of saying goodbye to life shared as a couple and opening themselves to a new future as single people. I found a wonderful pool of knowledge and companionship. I had found the group that no one wants to join but was glad to find.

    Bernie, Forum Member

  • There are some very nice compassionate and caring people on this site and I hope this site brings you a bit of comfort as it has me.

    Forum Member

  • Widowhood is a unique pain. It's totally unlike any other bereavements; the little world you and he inhabited is whipped away in an instant, leaving you alone, bewildered, frightened, angry, confused, guilty and a thousand other things that you struggle daily to make sense of. Nobody, except those who have lost their partner, knows fully the intense loneliness of widowhood. Nobody, except those who have lost their partner knows how utterly your hopes and dreams for the future are shattered, how your personality changes, and how that which defines you (John's wife, Mary's husband) is taken away in a second. Nobody, except those who have lost their partner knows how difficult it is to sleep in an empty bed or attend a family wedding alone. On Widow.ie, everyone knows how it feels. There are people on this site at every stage of bereavement; people who are still reeling in the early stages and people who have had years of living with their loss. The 'older hands' are able to help the newly bereaved see that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that life can be good again; and they help them through every stage they go through, because they've been there too.

    Kerry, Forum Member

  • What's great about being a member is that we can talk openly at any time of the day or night. Recognizing the commonality of our experiences is reassuring. The reality of our lives has changed drastically. We might be cast into an extreme state of confusion and hurt by the evaporation of life as we know it, but we are not alone.

    Treasa, Forum Member