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
Dublin Meeting: Ashling Hotel, last Thursday of every second month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Next Meeting: March 2018 – 29th March 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Cork Meeting: Kingsley Hotel 3rd Tuesday of every second month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MARCH MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE ARE SO SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
Galway Meeting: Harbour Hotel, first Tuesday of every second month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm. PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH: This meeting will be an Easter Wreath Making workshop. All are welcome.
Next meeting: Tuesday 27th March 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
Galway Spring Remembrance Service: The Church of the Holy Family, Mervue, Galway. Sunday 25th March 4 pm.
Donegal Spring Service: Letterkenny, Saturday the 3rd of March at 3 pm, Conference Room in Letterkenny Cathedral. Postponed due to adverse weather . We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Limerick Meeting: Greenhills Hotel, Thursday 1st of March, 8.00 to 9.30 pm. *Postponed due to adverse weather . We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.*
Sands N.I Support Meetings
MEETS – First Tuesday of each month
LOCATION – Holywell Trust Offices, Bishop Street, Derry
TIME – 7.30 – 9.30pm (or longer if needed)
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)
MEETS – Last Thursday of each month
LOCATION – Meeting room 2, Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry
TIME – 8pm onwards