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In 2018 Colette was presented with the Everyday Hero, People of the Year Award for founding the online community - widow.ie - following the tragic death of her husband, Peter. His life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a traffic accident in August 2008, leaving behind a three-year-old daughter, Kate (now 13). Qualified as a Pharmaceutical Technician, she now works in the accounts department of her families quarry business.
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Widower Receives €68,000 Backdated Pension

Department of Social Protection failed to inform Widower of entitlement to pension. A man whose wife died in 1998 brought a complaint to the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly. At the time of his wife’s death he...
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Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives Coping with Grief

Marcia Cross, of Desperate Housewives fame, was 31 and in a five year relationship with actor Richard Jordan. When he died suddenly from a brain tumour she found grief hit her hard.
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Coping with Christmas When You Are Bereaved

Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved Christmas is a difficult time of year especially for the recently bereaved. Even for those bereaved a number of years, Christmas and the New Year brings an additional...
don't give up

Today’s thought for the bereaved – Don’t Give Up!

A poem that reminds us to don't give up, take each day one at a time, moment by moment if you need too. The person you lost would never want you to give up, but instead to carry on.
Helping Children Cope with Grief – Rosemary Wells

Helping Children Cope with Grief – Rosemary Wells

Helping Children Cope with Grief by Rosemary Wells When my husband passed away suddenly in a traffic accident, I was faced with the terrible task of telling our three year old daughter. But how do you...
Elizabeth Turner – The Blue Skies of Autumn

Elizabeth Turner – The Blue Skies of Autumn

Elizabeth Turner – The Blue Skies of Autumn September 11th 2001. For Elizabeth Turner its more than a tragic event on the other side of the world, it’s the day her life changed forever. Her...

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