Podcasting Grief

Grief Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grief can be tiring and though reading can help when you are grieving, sometimes you just want to sit back and listen.  Though podcasts have been around for some time (the term podcast has been around since 2004 when audio blogs began to move to itunes) they are currently experiencing a surge in popularity. The portable nature of podcasts makes them both a good way to pass the time but also a way to share in someones personal experience and insight.

With podcast production being relatively simple and their popularity rising it seems that for practically every topic there is a podcast. The experience of grieving being so personal and yet universal it is unsurprising that podcasts addressing grief have begun to appear.

They range from informal discussions on personal loss to podcasts by mental health professionals discussing the difficulties of navigating grief.

Some worthy of a listen include:

Grief Cast – This podcast hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd, whose father died when she was in her teens features conversations with other comedians about their experiences of bereavement, among them, Adam Buxton,  David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe.

What’s Your Grief Podcast – A companion to the ‘Whats your Grief’ website and resources this podcast delves into many aspects of grief and how it manifests addressing issues like; returning to work, parenting, relationships post bereavement and emotional issues.

You can find a listing of resources on understanding grief, including podcasts on the Bereavement Subject Guide developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Therese Brady Library HERE

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved – Resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation

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 laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

New network to support bereaved children launched

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (Picture Fennels)

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.

The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for  professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.

The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the  facility to share knowledge and information.

Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments

For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE 

New guide provides framework for organisations to support employees following suicide

   ‘Breaking the Silence in the Workplace’ A Guide for Employers on Responding to Suicide in the Workplace a new publication by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Console aims to provide practical guidelines for organisations dealing with the impact of suicide. The guide was launched today with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).  It outlines appropriate responses in four scenarios;  when an employee dies through suicide on-site,  when an employee’s suicide occurs off-site, when an employee is affected by the suicide of someone close and when a former employee dies by suicide.

Speaking at the launch David Begg of ICTU highlighted the need for workplaces to have practices in place to respond to the impact of suicide. Report authors Breffni Mc Guinness and Ciaran Austin  drew attention to the complexity and personal tragedy behind suicide bereavement  and the hope that ‘Breaking the silence’ be a support tool to enable organisations to appropriately respond to the needs of suicide bereaved employees.

The publication can be obtained from the Irish Hospice Foundation and Console or is available to download HERE

Dealing with grief in the workplace – Lunch & Learn Series

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s annual series of lunchtime seminars on handling grief in the workplace will run from February 7th until April 3rd.

The ‘lunch & learn’ series is aimed at managers, HR personnel or anyone supporting recently bereaved colleagues.

This year two new seminars; Communication Skills for Managers around Loss
and Grief and Thriving and staying healthy when working with grief and loss (self & organisational care for staff) have been included to address the wide-ranging impact of grief in the workplace. The series brochure, along with booking details is available HERE

In addition to the practical training on the day, participants will be given access to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s e-learning course to provide additional support material and an online training accompaniment to the seminar.

In further development of its guidance material on grief in the workplace, the Irish Hospice Foundation, along with Console will launch a Guide for employers on responding to suicide in the workplace’ on January 31st. The report will act as a practical resource to develop understanding and coping skills for organisations faced with the effects of suicide. Copies of the report and further information will be available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website after the official launch on the 31st.

New study links bereavement and heart attack risk

It is well accepted that the mental health impact of bereavement can be significant and far-reaching.

Evidence of the physical effect of recent bereavement is also being increasingly built up. Research published last year by Buckley et al in the journal Heart, Lung & Circulation took the evidence further, highlighting changes in blood pressure post bereavement which could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

New research published last week by Mostofsky et al in the journal Circulation presents findings of a study surveying 1,985 people following hospital admission for heart attack. Of the cohort 270 had experienced the loss of a significant person within six months of their heart attack with 19 experiencing a cardiac incident within 24 hours of the loss of their loved one.

While the findings do not suggest that grief presents an acute or common risk for cardiac incident it does highlight an increased need for vigilance in the initial weeks and months following a bereavement and the need for sustained physical and emotional support for the grieving.

Irish Hospice Foundation’s New Bereavement support e-learning site

Last year the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement education and training service   launched a bereavement training resource DVD titled ‘Lost for Words; words for loss‘. The content has now been developed into an e-learning module, the first module of its kind to be made available on the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new e-learning site.

The site will be officially launched by Miriam O Callaghan (who provided narration on the  Lost for words DVD) on Thursday September 29th at the Irish Hospice Foundation offices on Nassau st. More details available HERE

The new e-learning site will deliver training in bereavement theory and best practice through subscription to learning modules (additional modules are to be developed over time). The e-learning facility is particularly beneficial for organisations wishing to provide staff with introductory training in bereavement support direct to their desktops.

To mark the launch of the new site an introductory offer of €10 (the module will cost €15) is available until November 30th.  You can find out more about the e-learning module by contacting Breffni Mc Guinness, Training officer at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6730074 or breffni.mcguinness@hospice-foundation.ie or you can register online for the module HERE