Banks to improve treatment of bereaved customers

IBCB
The five main Irish Banks have committed to improving the treatment of bereaved customers by establishing a common commitment of care.

Bereaved Leaving Cert Students Can Sit Exams in July

Bereaved Leaving Cert Students New Pilot Scheme
New provisions allowing Leaving Certificate students who suffer a close family bereavement during the state examinations in June to sit alternative papers in July.

When Grief Encounters A Young Family – Venetia Quick

Grief Encounters - Martin Thomas & Venetia Quick
Everybody’s grief is personal to them, and everybody grieves differently. There isn't a template, and there is certainly no handbook that will guide you.

Ricky Gervais – After Life | Netflix

Ricky Gervais After Life
Ricky Gervais's latest offering, After Life on Netflix, is classed as a dark comedy. Normally, I try to avoid shows where the primary focus is a widowed spouse. Mainly because some of these shows are just badly written, they portray the bereaved as being sad for five minutes then back to taking on the world as if no life changing event occurred.

Unexpected Surprise for Grieving Old Storeman

The Old Storeman and the Feather
I have a story to tell. Perhaps it’s not really a story, but, rather, a little vignette from my life. It is a vignette that deals with reality, or truth, or perception, depending on the reader’s interpretation. Four months, one week, and two days ago my beautiful wife Catherine died, just short of our forty fifth wedding anniversary. It was a sudden and unexpected death. Although our children and I were inconsolable, I drew some small comfort from the fact that it was a very peaceful, painless and fear free passing from this life. But, it was only a small comfort.

Irish Pharmacy Rule Risks Putting Widow Out of Job

Irish Pharmacy Rule Risks Job of Widow
The Irish Pharmacy Regulator approved restrictive new rules on Thursday which put jobs at risk and the possibility of rural pharmacy closures. These new rules will mean registered Pharmaceutical Assistants, like Marie and Sarah, will no longer be legally allowed to provide professional temporary cover for a pharmacist. Marie spoke of how, “I still have a mortgage so am worried about keeping my family home as I am a widow with a disabled adult living with me”. Sarah added, “I will be out of a job. I am only 60 and state pension only available at 67…I have two children in college…it will be a financial disaster…I need my work and my money”.