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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 parents 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 obtain great comfort from knowing that they can come to a meeting and everybody else there will understand 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 and provide you with a safe place to remember your baby and hopefully to find comfort in the company of other bereaved parents.  

Upcoming Support Meetings and Events:

We have expanded our support services to include Online Zoom Support Meetings  in addition to our in person Support Meetings. If you would like any information on Support Meetings then please email our office – admin@feileacain.ie and we will send you on any information you need.

Zoom Meetings: 

Our support group zoom meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of every month at 19.30-21.00.  Our dates for our 2024 meetings are:

31st January, 28th February, 27th March, 24th April, 29th May, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th September, 30th October, 27th November.

Our Pregnancy after Loss zoom meetings will begin on Tuesday April 16th.  If you are interested in attending this meeting please register with Jill by emailing jill@feileacain.ie 

A new group for Parents Whose Only Children Live in their Hearts will start on Monday 15th April from 19:00 – 20.30.  For more information or to register please email Nina at nina@feileacain.ie 

In Person Support Meetings:

Cork:

Our Cork Support Meetings will usually take place on the second Tuesday of every month in the Wilton Parish Centre at 19:30-21:00.  Our dates for our 2024 meetings are:

9th January, 13th February, 12th March, 9th April, 14th May, 11th June, 9th July, 13th August, 10th September, 8th October, 12th November.

There are also 3 workshops planned for the year:

There will be an Easter Workshop which will be held on Saturday 23rd March in the Wilton Parish Centre from 1-4pm.

Our Halloween Workkshop will be held on Saturday 26th October in the Wilton Parish Centre from 1-4pm.

Our Christmas Workshop will be on Saturday 14th December in the Wilton Parish Centre from 1-4pm.  

Dublin: 

Our Dublin Support Meetings usually take place on the last Thursday of every month in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street. 19:30-21:00.  Our dates for our 2024 meetings are:

25th January, 29th February, 28th March, 25th April, 30th May, 27th June, 25th July, 29th August, 26th September, 31st October, 28th November and there will be a wreath making workshop on 19th December.

Galway: 

Our Galway Support Meetings are held in the Connaught Hotel (H91K5DD) at 19:30-21:00.  Our dates for our 2024 meetings are:

• 6th February (regular meeting)
• 26th March (Spring Workshop)
• 4th June (regular meeting)
• 6th August (regular meeting)
• 29th October (Pumpkin Carving Workshop)
• 17th December (Christmas Workshop)

Féileacáin Spring Services 2024:
 

Our Galway spring service will be held in the Church of the Holy Family, Mervue, Galway on Sunday 25th February at 2.30pm.

We will hold a Spring Service of Remembrance on Sunday 14th April at 3pm in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford, Co Mayo, F12K7F4. 

All Welcome

Midlands:

Our 2024 Midlands support meetings will take place in the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar from 19.30-21..00. The dates for 2024 are:

  • Thursday March 14th (Easter workshop)
  • Thursday June 20th (regular meeting)
  • Thursday September 19th (regular meeting)
  • Thursday December 12th (Christmas workshop)
 
Castlebar:
 
A spring workshop will be held on Wednesday 27th March from 19.30-21.00 in the Traveller’s Friend, Castlebar
 
Limerick:
 
An Easter / Spring wreath making workshop will be held on Thursday 21st March from 19.30-21.00 in the Green Hills Hotel, Limerick
 
Letterkenny:
 
Our Easter / Spring wreath making workshop will be held on Friday 22nd March from 19.30-21.00 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny