Therese Brady Library – Christmas & New Year Closing

IHF Merry Christmas 2014The Therese Brady Library will close for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Friday December 19th and will re-open Tuesday Jan 6th 2015

Students, staff and library members are advised to return any due material and borrow any required items before this date. Students, staff and external members are reminded you will still be able to access the library’s electronic resources by logging in to MyAthens via the electronic resources page on the library section of the website.  

We would like to wish you all a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

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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

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved

Christmas and other holidays can be an especially difficult time for those who are bereaved, particularly if it is the first year following the loss of a loved one.

The Irish Hospice Foundations series of bereavement leaflets includes a leaflet offering some advice for bereaved people on  getting through the holiday period. ‘Coping with christmas when you are bereaved‘, along with the other bereavement leaflets can be accessed on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE and print copies of this and other leaflets are available free of charge by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation on  01 6793188 or emailing info@hospice-foundation.ie

The leaflet features some suggested reading material offering advice on adjusting to holidays following bereavement, all of which are available to borrow from the Therese Brady Library. Details of these and all other suggested titles are available in the bereavement bibliotherapy booklet which can be downloaded  HERE

You can also watch THIS short video from the Irish Hospice Foundation in which Dr Susan Delaney offers some advise on getting through christmas following a bereavement.

THIS information sheet from the UK Childrens Bereavement charity is also a useful source of advice for children and young people facing christmas following a loss.