Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services lend their expertise on serious illness, children and the grieving process.

27th April 2012

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services announce a series of talks on coping with serious illness and grief. They are free, open to the public and will be held on Monday evenings from 7pm – 8pm in the Education & Research Centre on the grounds of Harold’s Cross Hospice. The talks are aimed at people who have a general interest in this topic or, more specifically, carers and those who are living with a serious illness and have children.


The first of the talks, on 14th May, Loss and Bereavement: Understanding the grieving process looks at the multiple responses to loss and how it impacts us. It will outline some of the responses grieving people are likely to encounter and aims to clarify reactions that some people can find confusing and emotionally distressing, like guilt and regret. It will include a section on the differences between adults and children in how they approach grief. Ann D’Arcy, giving the lecture is Bereavement Co-Ordinator with Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services and is currently studying for a Ph.D. on the interplay between culture norms and expressions of grief.
 

The second in the series, on 21st May, Talking to Children about Serious Illness, aims to help you to communicate with children about a special person in their life living with a life threatening illness. Karen Breen, Senior Medical Social Worker in Palliative Care, will put forward recommendations of how we best broach this difficult topic using a method and language that children can best accept and understand.


The third lecture, on 28th May, Caring for Carers is focused on managing stress for those caring for a loved one with a serious illness. Although hugely rewarding, this kind of care can be physically and emotionally taxing. Coping strategies, seeking support, and recognition of our own needs are all covered by Aoife Coffey, Senior Medical Social Worker in Palliative Care.
 

All are welcome and the talks could be more relevant to someone you know. Please feel free to pass on this information to them.

All queries to:
Helen Donohoe
Social work
 

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