Parent Evenings

If your Child has died and you wish to decrease your isolation, maybe Anam Cara is for you

Anam Cara understands we don’t live in an ideal world, we live in the real world and our precious children have died before their time. Bereaved parents set up this organisation to provide bereaved parents with information and an opportunity to connect with other bereaved Mums and Dads either face to face or online.


What is the purpose of the Anam Cara Support Evenings?

For bereaved parents the loneliness and isolation following the death of our son or daughter can be overwhelming. The Anam Cara parents evenings afford bereaved parents a safe and comfortable place where they have an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents.


Where do these Anam Cara Parent Evenings take place and what format does it take?

The Anam Cara parent evenings are informal get togethers for parents to chat over a cup of tea or coffee, they normally take place in a comfortable family resource centre or hotel. The evenings are co-facilitated by a volunteer parent and a bereavement  professional bereavement.


How soon can I go to these meetings?

There is no right or wrong time to attend an Anam Cara support meeting. Most of us desperately want to talk to another bereaved parent after our son or daughter has died, to try and make some sense of the pain and despair we feel. We would recommend you call 01 4045378 or 085 2 888 888 to find the nearest meeting to you.

Alternatively visit our website to view our video and information booklets for bereaved parents, these resources were developed by bereaved parents.

The Anam Cara Private Message Forum is a safe online medium you can use to connect with other bereaved parents www.anamcara.ie/forum


How can the Anam Cara group help me?

By getting together with other bereaved parents who although on the same journey, may be a little further along, can offer you an opportunity to talk to someone who completely understands how you are feeling and as some of our bereaved parents have testified, give you some hope that you will cope and survive through the intense grief and feelings of loss.


My child died as an adult. Can I still attend?

Of course. Anam Cara events are open to all parents regardless of the age of their child, the circumstances of their death, or whether that death was recent or not.


I may find it hard to attend on my own, what would be best for me to do?

At Anam Cara we do understand that it can take a lot of courage to go to these events, if you would prefer, we could arrange for one of our volunteers to meet you just before the meeting starts. If you would like to do this, just drop us an email to info@anamcara.ie

Anam Cara groups offer empathy, compassion and friendship.


How can I find my nearest Anam Cara Group?

For the moment the current Anam Cara groups are listed below:

If you are interested in helping out at an existing group, please just contact us at info@anamcara.ie. We would be delighted to hear from you and will offer you our full support and training for this role

Download a calendar of our upcoming meetings


North Dublin

Venue: BASE Community Centre, Brackenstown Road, Swords,
Date : 3rd Wednesday of the Month between  September – June
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Please note there is also a monthly meeting at our South Dublin group in Tallaght on the 2nd Monday of each month. If you would like more information about these groups  please contact us on 085 2 888 888 or 01 4045378.


Co. Galway

Venue: Ballybane Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, Galway
Meets: 1st Wednesday of each month between September to June
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm

If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara Volunteer before the meeting, just get in touch and it can be arranged.

If you would like more information on Anam Cara and our activities please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 4045378 or 085 2888 888


South Dublin

Venue: Dominic Community Centre, 60 Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght , Dublin24
Meets: 2nd Monday of each month from September to June
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 4045378 or 085 2888 888. If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara Volunteer before the meeting, just get in touch and it can be arranged.


Co. Mayo

Venue: The Family Centre, Chruch Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Meets: TBC
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
For more information, or if you are coming to the Anam Cara meeting/event on your own and would like to meet one of our volunteers beforehand, please just contact us on 085 2888 888 or email info@anamcara.ie


Cork City

Venue: Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork City
Meets: On first Wednesday of each month between September – June
Time: 7.30pm -9.00pm
If you would like more information about this event please contact us or visit www.anamcara.ie

If you ask at Reception, they will direct you to where this group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888. If you are coming to this meeting on your own and would like to meet with a Liaison Parent beforehand please justget in touch with us


Co. Tipperary

Venue: The Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary
Meets: Last Monday of each month between September and June
Time: 7.30pm9.00pm
Please contact Anam Cara if you would like more information either at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 4045378 or 085 2888 888

If you are attending this meeting on your own and would like to meet with one of our volunteers beforehand, please just get in touch.


Co. Donegal

Venue: The Pastrol Centre, Letterkenny
Meets: TBC Anam Cara Donegal will be re-launched in November 2014
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888

If you would like to meet with one of our Volunteers before the start of the parent evening please just get in touch with us at info@anamcara.ie or call us on 085 2888 888


Co Kerry

Venue: Recovery Haven, Tralee
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month between September and June each year
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888

If you would like to meet with one of our Volunteers before the start of the parent evening please just get in touch with us at info@anamcara.ie or call us on 085 2888 888

 


Northern Ireland

Venue: Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Meets: Last Wednesday of each month between September and June
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm
For more information contact us at info@anamcara.ie

Fir more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 028 95213120

If you would like to meet with one of our Volunteers before the start of the parent evening please just get in touch with us at info@anamcara.ie or call us on 028 95213120


 

Anam Cara Upcoming Events

Anam Cara National Remembrance Day – ‘Balloon to Remember’ Event
On Saturday 7th November 2015, Anam Cara is holding an event in the ‘Hodson Bay’ Hotel in Athlone to mark our national awareness day. The Anam Cara ‘Balloon to Remember’ Event brings families from all over Ireland to remember their child who had died in a special way. The Anam Cara 2015 Remembrance Book is now open for dedications and if you cannot make this event you can sponsor a balloon at www.anamcara.ie/shop

Spring and Autumn 2015 Family Events
On Sunday 10th March, Anam Cara is hosting a family event at Barretstown Castle and Estate in Co Kildare, This event is open to all bereaved families and grandparents are also welcome to come along.

Anam Cara’s Autumn Family event is taking place on Sunday 13th September 2014 – See our home page for more details.


Autumn 2015 Professional Talks

Anam Cara will be organising a series of professional talks to take place at the Anam Cara groups throughout October/November. Please see the home page of our website for more details about these events or email us at info@anamcara.ie.