Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Working with Adolescent Grief - A workshop with Danai Papadatou

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network invites you to:
'Working with adolescent grief' a workshop with Professor Danai Papadatou.
This event is part of the network's Dublin Regional Meeting and will explore
techniques, tools and skills to support practitioners working with adolescents
who are grieving. It will be held on May 30th, 2014 in the Alexander Hotel,
Dublin 2.
To register for this event please visit our website

Danai Papadatou is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Nursing
of the University of Athens. Her didactic and clinical experience, as well as
her research interests and publications focus mostly on issues related to
palliative care, bereavement, and disaster work. She is also the founder of
“Merimna”, a non profit organization which provides bereavement support to
children and their families as well as pediatric palliative home care services
 in Greece. She has received awards for her contribution in the field, and is
an active member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement,
an organization of leaders in thanatology. 

Monday, 4 November 2013

New website published!!

We are delighted to announce that the website of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network is now up and running. Please visit us on The website will be a great asset to professionals working in the area with a host of useful resources and also information for parents and the wider community on  how to support bereaved children. Please visit us!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

New website coming soon...

The ICBN are currently embarking on the exciting journey of developing a modern, comprehensive and informative website. It will support professionals in the sector and provide information to the general public regarding bereaved children and young people. We hope it will be live by the Autumn and will post the new address here after it's launched. In the mean time, if you need to contact the network please email or telephone the Coordinator, Nicola Jordan on 679 3188

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

2nd meeting of Advisory Panel

ICBN Advisory Panel back row L to R: Orla Keegan, Irish Hospice Foundation; Sharon Vard, Anam Cara; Ann Darcy, Our Lady's Hospice; Pat McCarthy, Cois Ceim; Celine Deane, Beaumount Hospital; Dr. Susan Delaney, Irish Hospice Foundation; AnnMarie Jones, Temple Street Hospital; Anne Staunton, Rainbows; Kay Conroy, AACI; Front row L to R: Marian Finn, FSA; Brid Carroll, Bereavement Specialist; Nuala Harmey, Bereavement Specialist; Nicola Jordan, Coordinator ICBN

The ICBN Advisory Panel, pictured above, held their second meeting on May 21st. The panel met to discuss development issues arising to progress the network. As a priority for the next six months it was agreed to focus on 2 of the 6 core strategic objectives. These 2 objectives include:
1. Signposting professionals and the public to sources of bereavement support.
2. Supporting professionals to find and share the knowledge and resources they need to deliver high quality     effective, safe, evidence based, accessible bereavement support.

To this end, the main focus of the ICBN will be to develop a website that is accessible,  up-to-date and informative, to promote the network as required and to organise 4 regional networking events.

If you would like any further information on the ICBN please contact the Coordinator, Nicola Jordan on 01 673 0067/ 01 679 3188 and follow this blog for updates.

Thursday, 28 March 2013


The first meeting of the advisory panel for the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network has been held.

 We are pleased to announce that the Chair of the ICBN is Brid Carroll. Brid is a bereavement therapist from Wexford who has worked with bereaved children for many years. During her MSc Bereavement Studies research she conducted research on childhood bereavement services. It was this study which sparked the development of ICBN.
The Vice Chair is Nuala Harmey. As Senior Social Worker, Nuala was responsible for the development of services for bereaved children at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin. She has worked with families affected by organ retention following post-mortem and at national level led policy reviews in that area.  Nuala now supports bereaved families through the Irish Sudden Infant Death Assocation and also at St Brigid’s Hospice, Naas.

The Advisory Panel for the Irish Childhood bereavement Panel is:
Gina Cantillon, Barnardos

Brid Carroll, CHAIR

Kay Conroy, Association for Agency Based Counselling in Ireland

Ann Darcy, Our Lady’s Hospice Dublin

Celine Deane, Beaumont Hospital

Susan Delaney, Irish Hospice Foundation

Marian Finn, Family Support Agency

Nuala Harmey, VICE CHAIR

AnnMarie Jones, Temple St Hospital, Dublin

Pat McCarthy, Coisceim Counselling, Cork

Estelle McGinley, Marymount Hospice, Limerick

Anne Staunton, Rainbows

Sharon Vard, Anamcara

 Orla Keegan, representing Host agency, Irish Hospice Foundation

Monday, 18 February 2013

Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ UK Childhood Bereavement Network Conference

How can we best support grieving children across different cultural backgrounds?
This is the question addressed by the UK Childhood Bereavement Networks one day seminar 'Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people's worlds' which takes place on Thursday May 2nd at the TUC congress Centre, London.
The conference will examine the ways in which culture impacts on children's grief  and assess the implications of culture for professionals and volunteers  supporting bereaved children and young people taking a wide ranging view examining how grief is represented in music, books, films and social media.
The conference would be beneficial to anyone working directly and indirectly supporting bereaved children in particular those working in the following settings; 
  • Bereavement support services
  • adult and children’s hospices
  • palliative care teams
  • children’s and early years organisations
  • schools, colleges and education services
  • Nursing and other health and social care services
  • police and other emergency services
  • other voluntary and statutory childcare organisations
  • faith and community groups supporting bereaved people
  • researchers in death and bereavement, childhood studies, cultural studies
More information on CBN is available HERE and additional details and booking for the conference is available HERE 

Friday, 25 January 2013

NEWS - Part-time Co-ordinator required for ICBN

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network 2013-2014
Part-time Co-ordinator
0.5 WTE national Irish Childhood Bereavement Network Co-ordinator
Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau St, Dublin 2
Reporting to:
Head of Education, Research and Bereavement Services of host organisation, the Irish Hospice Foundation.
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN)
The ICBN is an independent membership organisation with its own mandate. The ICBN works in close consultation with the Family Support Agency and the Irish Hospice Foundation to advance services, education, training and advocacy for bereaved children in Ireland, and those who support them.
Key Duties of the ICBN Coordinator
       Lead and grow the work of the network, working in collaboration with the advisory committee to co-ordinate work and with the UK Childhood Bereavement Network
       Manage the day to day operation, implementation, management and strategic direction of the network and its projects.
       Influence policy and practice in the interests of bereaved children through strategic focused relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders and by coordinating responses to relevant policy consultations.
       Consult with subscribers to the network and other stakeholders to develop consensus on key messages and strategic development.
       Support subscribers to the network by providing a range of information, resources and networking opportunities.
       Identify needs, draw up proposals and secure funding.
       Write for a range of audiences including staff, advisory panel members and subscribers, the public and for publication.
       Identify cross organisational opportunities to develop work and liaise with colleagues on these.
       Line manage other network staff (over time)
       Promote and engage with young people and their families to inform the work of the network.
       Manage and complete the administrative tasks associated with the network.
  • Demonstrable experience in working across diverse stakeholders at national and local level.
  • Demonstrable experience of influencing policy and practice which may be used in the interests of bereaved children.
  • Ability to identify needs, write funding proposals and secure funding.
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Knowledge and interest in the area of childhood bereavement.
  • A flexible outlook
  • Ability to work independently
  • Driving license and ability to travel as part of this post
  • Demonstrable experience in leading and managing a national or other network.
·         Salary will be based on experience and aligned to HSE Grade VII
Further information on ICBN, IHF and FSA
Apply in writing including a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position together with curriculum vitae. Applications should be emailed to by 5pm on the closing date of Thursday 14th February 2012.