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Understanding Children, Loss and Bereavement

  • Education, Research and Training Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross
  • 9.30 - 4.00
  • 25 Nov 2015

The Irish Association of Social Workers and Social Care Ireland are coordinating a second Conference on 'Understanding Children, Loss and Bereavement' due to demand. This Conference is open to all Health & Social Care Professionals and is funded by the Health & Social Care Professionals Unit (HSCP), HSE.

Cost for IASW members and students €20/ non-members €40 & booking fee. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Click on the link below to book your place



Please note that no car-parking is permitted on any of the roadways at Our Lady's Hospice due to construction traffic movement. There is still parking on-site (the car park immediately next to the Education and Research Centre, and a new replacement car park on the boundary line between Mt Jerome Cemetery and the Hospice) but the over-flow of extra numbers attending large events 

If at all possible you are advised to consider using public transport/car-pooling.


Conference Programme

9.30 – 10 am           Registration, tea & coffee

10 – 11 am           Understanding Children and Death      

Speaker:  Brid Carroll                            

Coming from an educational background Brid is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor with a special interest in bereavement and loss. She holds a Masters in Bereavement Studies from RCSI Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood Bereavement from St. Christopher’s Hospice London. Brid is presently working in the south east with families and children experiencing loss through bereavement illness and separation.  She is a contributor to the Irish Hospice Foundation’ s workshop series and is Co-ordinator of their Postgraduate Certificate in Children and Loss.  Brid is presently the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network and a member of the Steering Committee of the Family Bereavement  Network of Europe.  She has provided information talks throughout Ireland on grief and loss and has worked with many parents, families and children who are grieving the loss of their child.

11 – 12 pm            Encounters with Ambiguous Loss:  Here and Not There, There and Not Here

An experiential talk on how the notion of “ambiguous loss” (loss that cannot be defined) is visually represented in works of art and how we may meet that ambiguity in our personal lives and in our professional work as carers.  The theory of ambiguous loss will be considered along with practical  ways we can support those who are going through it.

Speaker: Jennifer Moran Stritch is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Limerick Institute of Technology.  The focus of her teaching is in personal development and experiential group work skills for social care students.  In addition to lecturing, Jennifer is the director of the Loss and Grief Research Group which is part of the Social Sciences ConneXions research collective at LIT.  She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Limerick on how college students manage bereavement and is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator in the area of death education and experiences of loss across the lifespan.  Having trained as a social worker in her native Connecticut, USA Jennifer now lives in Clare with her husband and three children.

12.15 – 1.15pm       Grief in the Workplace 

Speaker:  Breffni McGuiness is the Training and Development Officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation (Bereavement). He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving


1.15pm – 2pm             Lunch


Concurrent Workshops      2pm – 3.30pm           

(a) Direct Work with Children Who have Been Bereaved    -  Brid Carroll                         

(b) Not Like Us: Disenfranchised Grief in the Care Settings  Jennifer Moran-Stritch

Disenfranchised grief occurs when society says a relationship isn’t important, the type of death being grieved is stigmatised by society, or the griever is seen as incapable or unworthy of the grieving process.  It’s the kind of grief that is encountered in many social service settings and may be a real problem for caring professionals as well.  This workshop will explore disenfranchised grief, where it comes from, how it is manifested and what we can do to re-enfranchise the grieving process for those who have been marginalised

(c) Young People, Loss and Care - EPIC

 This workshop will focus on the experience of loss from a young person's perspective, loss of identity/family/extended family/community/friends/pets and the familiar

Reidin Dunne is National Advocacy Service Manager for EPIC. Prior to this she worked as Project Manager for Barnardos Children’s Services in Wexford.  She has a vast amount of experience working with children and young people and has worked in education, residential care, youth justice and youth work.  

3.30 – 4               Q&A, feedback, close