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:
Support Meetings are held by Zoom usually on the third Monday of the month; Next meeting will be held on the 16th of August. We are currently doing Online Zoom Support Meetings monthly in place of our in person Support Meetings to comply with Covid-19 Guidelines. If you would like any information on these Support Meetings then please email our office – firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you on any information you need.
As soon as Covid allows we will be back organising our support meetings, if you would like one in your area then please express interest by emailing email@example.com or filling in the below form.