Guide to Coping with Christmas – The Compassionate Friends

This useful guide aims to support parents who have lost a child.

Link to Download:    Bereaved Parents – Coping with Christmas

When Someone Dies: Practical and Emotional Help at a Difficult Time

This booklet from Marie Curie provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. It’s split into sections so you can easily find the information that you need at a time that’s right for you.

Click here to access the booklet

Anam Cara:  Supporting Parents after Bereavement

A range of booklets in pdf format from Anam Cara, providing bereaved parents with guidance. Click titles below to view.

A Dad’s Grief: What helped us

A Mother’s Grief: What helped us

Self Care: How Can it Help

Supporting my Family

Coping with the Sudden Death of Your Child

Milestones and Challenges

Adults Grieving the Death of a Brother or Sister

The Final Journey Reflective Memoir

 ‘The Final Journey’ Reflective Memoir has been created by Sabina Mason, who worked as a nurse within an Intensive Care Unit. The memoir is designed for people to write about their experience of someone close to them dying. The end of life is a traumatic experience and grieving is a highly individual experience; there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Inevitably, the grieving process and healing process takes time.  The memoir journal is used to bridge the gap between your  loss   and how they are feeling right now. Did you make sense of the death or loss at the time?” and “How do you interpret the loss now?”

  As writer Tara DaPra eloquently observes in her essay “Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy:”

  “Perhaps the only recompense for tragedy—for death and loss of innocence—is the chance to create some measure of beauty. The marvel of a well-crafted sentence—finding just the right diction and syntax  —is a small     triumph over pain, a way to create order in the world.”

 Inside the memoir journal a photo can be inserted and through writing about your feelings it will guide you to answer some questions you might have.  You will find poems, as it can also offer a way of coming to terms with your loss. People can write to their deceased loved ones in total privacy, or opt to share their writing with family and close friends.

Link to Download:   Memorial Brochure Final Journey

Supporting children when someone has a terminal illness (

This booklet from  Marie Curie is for any adult who is supporting a child or young person when someone close to them is living with a terminal illness. Whether you are a parent, another family member or close friend, we understand that it can feel difficult to know how to support children when someone is ill.

Link to Download:   Supporting children when someone has a terminal illness

Young Children Grieve Too

Follow this link to download a free copy of the Barnardo’s free e-book which is a guide for parents and carers of children under 6 who have been bereaved. (Published 2015) 
Ebook – Young Children Grieve Too – Barnardos Ireland Online Shop