Bereavement Toolkit from the Children’s Grief Centre will provide free support to children who have suffered a loss.
The toolkit will allow teachers to learn more on the way children handle grief and how to help them.
The Children’s Grief Centre will be launching their Bereavement Toolkit for Primary School teachers on September 14, in Mary Immaculate College at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to all primary schools in the Mid-West region.
The Bereavement Toolkit will be launched by Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
“Teachers can make a significant and lasting difference to bereaved pupils by acknowledging their loss and allowing them to talk about their experiences, if they want to, and by listening and responding to a pupil’s spoken and unspoken messages.“
The Children’s Grief Centre CLG is a non-profit organization that has supported children and adolescents in the greater Mid-West area and further afield who have been affected by loss through bereavement, separation, or divorce since 2009. The Centre provides a free support service to children and young people aged 4 to 18. They listen to children’s feelings and encourage them to talk, to help them accept their grief. The Centre made an appearance on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme in 2021.
The Children’s Grief Centre have many resources to suit children that grieving in different circumstances. They provide bereavement resources, separation and divorce resources, and teenage support and advice. It is the only centre of its kind in Ireland and is much loved. The Centre receives many testimonials filled with gratitude such as, “What I most liked was that I could come here and express myself and share my own opinion. It helped get through and understand all my feelings and problems in life.”
Funding of €10,000 from the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation will enable the Children’s Grief Centre to design, publish and roll out a specific Bereavement Toolkit for teachers in Primary Schools in the Mid-West. Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation believes that every child deserves to be happy, healthy and safe. They support amazing initiatives for children in vulnerable situations around the world whose lives have been affected by war, devastation, poverty or illness.
Children’s Grief Centre Director and Founder Helen Culhane said, “We are so delighted to receive this wonderful grant especially at this challenging time for society. Teachers returning to the classroom will need our support more than ever. Many children will have experienced bereavement during this break from school and will need the support of the school community. We want to help schools and teachers as much as we can and thanks to this funding we can make a difference”.
The Bereavement Toolkit is a great opportunity for teachers to get involved in grief support and learn more about how to help their pupils, especially when the new school year can come as a difficult time for many children. Teachers can reserve a seat for the event free of charge on Eventbrite.
To reserve a spot for the Bereavement Toolkit launch, go HERE
For more stories on the Children’s Grief Centre, go HERE