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 month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Please note that our July meeting has been cancelled due to the Remembrance Service 15th July 3 pm and Wave of Light Workshop 22nd July in the Marino Institute of Education.
Next meeting: Thursday 31st August 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Cork Meeting: Kinglsey Hotel 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Next Meeting: Tuesday 15th August 8.00 to 9.30 pm.
Galway Meeting: Harbour Hotel, first Tuesday of every second month, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Next meeting: Tuesday 5th September 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Please note that our August Meeting has been postponed to 5th September. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Leitrim Meeting: The Bush Hotel, Friday 23rd June at 7.30 pm.
Kerry Meeting: CHANGED VENUE Brehon Hotel, Killarney.
Next meeting: Thursday 29th June. 7.45 pm
Limerick Meeting: NOTE: CHANGED VENUE, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick. Monday 22nd May, 8 to 10 pm.
Kilkenny Meeting: River Court Hotel Thursday 6th April 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Donegal Meeting: Radisson Bly Hotel, Letterkenny. Friday 10th March 8 pm.
Dundalk Meeting: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Next meeting: Wednesday 13th February 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Waterford Remembrance Service: Sunday 23rd of July 3 PM, in the Edmund Rice Centre, Mount Sion, Barrack Street, Waterford.
Dublin Remembrance Service: Saturday 15th July 3 pm, St Mary of the Angels Church, 82 Church Street, Dublin.
If anyone would like to be involved in the services (take up a candle, say a prayer) then we would be delighted to hear from you. If you could please email email@example.com .
Sands N.I Support Meetings
MEETS – First Tuesday of each month
LOCATION – Holywell Trust Offices, Bishop Street, Londonderry
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