An average of 28,000 people die in Ireland each year and it is estimated that for each death ten people are directly impacted. For the bereaved Christmas, particularly the first Christmas following the loss of a loved one can be an especially difficult time.
The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Education Resource centre has a number of information leaflets on coping with bereavement including a leaflet on ‘Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved‘ which can be downloaded from the bereaved.ie website HERE
The leaflet includes suggested reading material for those who are bereaved over the holidays including;
- Miller J.E., (1996) How will I get through the Holidays? 12 ideas for those whose loved one has died
- Noel, B. (2003) Surviving Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries
- Wolfeld, A.D. and Smith, H.I. (1999) A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss while Others are Celebrating
These books are all available to borrow from the Thérèse Brady Library. The bereaved.ie website also features information and advice for bereaved people and those supporting them including short videos on grief.
This short video on Living with loss features four Irish people sharing their experiences of bereavement
Copies of the Irish Hospice Foundation leaflets are available directly from the Irish Hospice Foundation by calling 01 6793188 and queries about the Thérèse Brady Library’s public loan facilities can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org