Of all the losses faced in life the death of a child, partner, parent, other family member or friend can leave the deepest feelings of loneliness and pain.  Whilst grief and loss are a normal part of life there may be times when it feels as if there is no way through.  Many people do not require support or counselling to help them deal with their grief.  Others, though, do benefit from more structured professional bereavement support.  We hope the following information will be of use to you in understanding what is available and how to access it.

The Bereavement Support Service provides support to:

  • Those bereaved by the death of somebody who had been cared for by the Hospice services.


The full impact of the bereavement may occur at any time, even years after the death.  Contact may be made with the service as and when the need arises, it is not confined to time.


There are a number of ways to access the services:

What is accessible :

Bereavement counselling and support is available through a number of avenues:

  • Individual bereavement support; which may be a one-off session or regular meetings over a period of time.  This is available to adults who are grieving the death of someone close.
  • Telephone support; may be available for people who are unable to travel to Milford Care Centre.

Bereavement Support Groups for Adults; take place in Milford Care Centre, one evening a week over a six or seven week period. The groups are offered according to the loss a person has experienced:

  • For those bereaved by the death of a spouse/partner.
  • For parents grieving the death of a child.
  • For adults grieving the death of a parent.
  • A monthly drop-in group for those who have attended a  bereavement spouse/partner group.

At Milford, we recognise how important it is to support bereaved children, especially within their family networks.  We offer the following services:

  • Individual sessions for children.
  • Advice and guidance for parents/guardians about how to support their child.
  • Bereavement groups for children and young people are organised according to age; 6-12 and 13-18yrs.
  • Parenting Bereaved Children Programme; Support for parents in responding to their children’s needs when they are bereaved.


There is no charge for Milford Care Centre’s bereavement support services.  However, some people choose to make anonymous voluntary contributions.

Online Bereavement Information Talk

Anyone affected by grief is invited to view this pre-recorded talk, which is designed to give general information on grief and bereavement to bereaved people, their family and friends.  Please allow yourself some quiet time to listen to the talk. It may be helpful to listen with someone else for support or, if that is not possible, to talk to someone over the phone afterwards.

The death of a person can send ripples throughout the community. Bereavement not only affects the family, but also friends, work colleagues, teachers and neighbours.  Following the death of someone close, we may experience strong and conflicting emotions. Grief can be powerful and feel overwhelming.

The information is recorded in two parts, which are approximately 35 minutes in total.
You may like to light a candle to remember the deceased or have a photograph of them beside you as you listen to the presentation.

Online Bereavement Information Talk

Part 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6QHM31VL2o

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75CQQDn0pH0

The Bereavement Service may be contacted through Milford Care Centre’s Social Work Department (Mon- Fri 9-4.30pm) by:

Email: socialwork@milfordcarecentre.ie

Phone call: +353 61 485 800

Guidelines for supporting Bereaved Children

The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Information Leaflets are accessible HERE

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