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 

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Follow a library on Twitter – starting with @IrishHospice

As of the end of this week The Irish Hospice Foundation celebrates it’s first twitterversary (to the uninitiated, we’ve been on Twitter for 1 year).

No time to pause for balloons and cake though. This Friday October 1st is international follow a library day on Twitter (#followalibrary). Followalibrary day aims to promote libraries of all shapes and sizes around the world.  So why not join in by following @IrishHospice for regular updates on news, links to research and articles on Palliative care, Bereavement and hospice care and click the followalibrary button below to find lots of other libraries around the world to follow.