Anam Cara Launches Resource Packs For Newly Bereaved Parents and Families
Anam Cara, the Irish charity that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, today launches a suite of powerful resource packs that aim to support newly bereaved parents and offer a sense of hope at the start of their tough and difficult journey. Each resource pack contains specific information on what helped other bereaved parents to get through the first weeks and months of bereavement.
Anam Cara is urging frontline professionals including chaplains, social workers, funeral directors, An Garda Síochána, palliative care teams, doctors and nurses who come in to contact with newly bereaved parents to get in touch with them to request a delivery of free resource packs, so they will always have the information on hand to give to newly bereaved parents when they need it most. Packs can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Anam Cara at 01 4045378. The information packs can also be downloaded from Anam Cara’s website at http://anamcara.ie/resources/resource-pack.
There are seven booklets in the resource pack, which is aimed at supporting parents and siblings in a newly bereaved family – A Dad’s Grief, A Mum’s Grief, Adult Siblings, Coping with the Sudden Death of My Child, Milestones and Challenges, Self-Care and Supporting My Family.
Sharon Vard, CEO, Anam Cara, said: “Our newly launched resource packs address the shortfall in information and are a powerful resource for any family experiencing the death of a child, irrespective of whether their child was a baby or a grown adult.
“We know bereaved Mums and Dads are very fragile in the first few months after the death of their son or daughter and may not have the energy to pick up the phone or actively look for help.
“Anam Cara hopes that organisations and professionals in contact with newly bereaved parents will make sure the Anam Cara information packs are put into their hands. We are committed to supporting families who have suffered the loss of a child throughout Ireland. The seven booklets on different topics were written by Mums, Dads and siblings who have gone through a similar experience and learned to cope again.
“Understanding the importance of getting information to families at an early stage of their journey through grief, we really hope this resource will complement the recently launched Anam Cara videos giving families some reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that they too will be able to emerge from the depths of despair and start living their life again.”
5,000 families will be affected by the death of a child over the next two years. With that figure in mind, Anam Cara has been able to finance the production of 10,000 resource packs thanks in full to the support provided by Applegreen.
Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer, Applegreen plc said: “Applegreen are delighted to be part of the Anam Cara resource pack initiative, the production of seven booklets to help provide much needed information and guidance to people dealing with the sudden death of a child. These booklets are vitally important to help with the improvement of information available for people in these unfathomable situations. Applegreen consider these booklets part of its legacy from working with Anam Cara and hope they are received well among those in need of guidance and help, and hope Anam Cara has the resources to continue to provide these excellent new initiatives for bereaved parents and family moving forward.”
In September, Anam Cara launched a suite of videos that greatly complement the resource packs. There are five videos in the suite, which can be accessed from Anam Cara’s YouTube Channel – The Death of a Child, The Grieving Family, A Dad’s Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death and About Anam Cara – that include interviews with bereaved parents who share their experiences and offer advice on surviving the intense grief after the death of their child. The final video in the suite, About Anam Cara, introduces the Anam Cara team and explores the support services that it provides to parents and families who are managing bereavement every day.
Anam Cara is a national voluntary support organisation set up by bereaved parents to support newly-bereaved parents throughout Ireland. The organisation does not receive any State funding. For more information on its services please visit www.anamcara.ie or call its information line 085 2888 888. Larger donations can be made via http://anamcara.ie/donate/