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The death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth is devastating and the emotional pain is indescribable for all involved.  The words of well meaning friends or relations can seem empty. In the early days of grief you are surrounded by friends and family.  However as time moves on, people gradually return to their normal lives.  You may feel that you cannot speak about your baby as often as you would like.  You think that nobody can understand what you are going through, but you are not alone. Féileacáin support meetings are open to all adults affected by the death of a baby.  Our meetings are informal; they are simply a place where you can come and meet others on the same journey as you.  Parents and family members obtain great comfort from knowing that they can come to a meeting and everybody else there will understand exactly what they are feeling.  Only those who have been through the pain of stillbirth or neonatal death can understand it.  The meetings are a place where you can come and speak freely without fear of judgement. There is no pressure on anyone at a meeting to speak; it is up to you how much or how little you say. All our meetings are facilitated by our trained befrienders, who themselves are bereaved parents. These meetings provide a safe place which gives you space and time to remember your baby, and to hopefully come away feeling that little bit lighter.

Upcoming Support Meetings and Events:

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, all our Support Meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. I am so sorry to all our bereaved parents for this. I hope you are all keeping safe and if you need our support, please do not hesitate to call us on 085-2496464.

DUBLIN MEETINGS:
MEETS – Last Wednesday of every month,
LOCATION – Ashling Hotel, Dublin
TIME – 19.30 to 21.00
Next Meeting: 26th of February 2020

CORK MEETINGS:
MEETS – 3rd Wednesday of every month,
LOCATION – Kinglsey Hotel, Cork
TIME – 19.30 to 21.00
Next Meeting: 19th of February 2020

GALWAY MEETINGS:
MEETS – First Tuesday of every second month,
LOCATION – Harbour Hotel, Galway
TIME – 19.30 to 21.00

Other Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Féileacáin Workshop, Galway: Tuesday 7th of April 2020 at 19.30 in the Harbour Hotel

Féileacáin Galway Spring Remembrance Service in Church of the Holy Family, Mervue, Galway at 15.00 on Sunday 29th of March 2020

Please book in advance to ensure we have enough materials. Send child’s name and age to admin@feileacain.ie

Sands N.I Support Meetings

DERRY SANDS
MEETS – First Tuesday of each month
LOCATION – Holywell Trust Offices, Bishop Street, Derry
TIME – 7.30 – 9.30pm (or longer if needed)

ENNISKILLEN SANDS
MEETS – Second Thursday of each month
LOCATION – Hexagon room, The Enniskillen Hotel, 72 Forthill Street BT746AJ
TIME – 7.30pm – 9-30pm (or longer if needed)

NEWRY SANDS

MEETS – Last Thursday of each month
LOCATION – Meeting room 2, Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry
TIME – 8pm onwards