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 Hotel or Family Resource Centre. The evenings are facilitated by Bereavement  Professional who is supported by our Volunteer Parents.

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 Message Forum is an online resource you can register to read posts from  bereaved parents and how they faced and overcame the many challenges and milestones faced on their journey through grief and loss. Click here to register to view this 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 the Anam Cara groups?

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

See the list of our upcoming meetings

Leinster

North Dublin

The Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin

If you would like more information about these groups  please contact us on 085 288 8888 or 01 404 5378

South Dublin

The Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24

For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888. If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara volunteer parent before the meeting, just get in touch and it can be arranged.

Wicklow

The Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow

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.

Munster

Cork

The Clayton Hotel (Formally Silver Springs), Tivoli, Co. Cork

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 085 288 8888. If you are coming to this meeting on your own and would like to meet with a volunteer parent beforehand please just get in touch with us

West Cork

The Maritime Hotel, Banty, Co. Cork

Please contact Anam Cara if you would like more information either at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888. If you are attending this meeting on your own and would like to meet with one of our volunteer parents beforehand, please just get in touch.

Kerry

Recovery Haven 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry

If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara volunteer parent 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 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888.

Tipperary

The Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Please contact Anam Cara if you would like more information either at info@anamcara.ie or call 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888. If you are attending this meeting on your own and would like to meet with one of our volunteer parents beforehand, please just get in touch.

Connacht & Donegal

Donegal

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 085 288 8888. If you would like to meet with one of our volunteer parents before the start of the parent evening please just get in touch with us.

Mayo

The Family Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Please contact Anam Cara to find our about the next event at this group

If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara volunteer parent 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 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888.

Galway

The Clayton Hotel, Briarhill, Co. Galway

If you are coming along on your own and would like to meet with an Anam Cara volunteer parent 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 01 404 5378 or 085 288 8888.

Ulster

Armagh

The Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh, BT601EN

For more information 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.

Belfast

The Crowne Plaza, Belfast, BT8 7XP

For more information please contact us at info@anamcara.ie or call 028 95213120. If you would like to meet with one of our Volunteer Parents before the start of the parent evening please just get in touch with us.

Anam Cara Upcoming Events

West Cork Parent Evening

September 17 @ 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

N. Dublin Parent Evening

September 18 @ 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Cork Parent Evening

October 2 @ 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Galway Parent Evening

October 2 @ 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Autumn 2018 Bereavement Information Evenings

Anam Cara will be organising a series of professional talks to take place at the Anam Cara groups throughout February/March 2018 and September/October 2018. Please see the home page of our website for more details about these events or email us at info@anamcara.ie.