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Bereaved parent support telephone befriending

“Our befrienders identified with us and helped to take away some of the sheer isolation we were experiencing.”

No one can truly understand the pain a parent feels when his or her child dies. The loss of your son or daughter at any age is simply devastating. Life, as it was, will never be the same again. Everyone reacts differently – men, women, siblings, family members, friends – and the emotional, physical and spiritual impact runs very deep.

The Bereaved Parent Support team know what grief and isolation feels like. It can put a strain on marriages, families and parents as they seek to care for surviving siblings. From this place of personal experience of living with loss, our network of trained volunteers can gently come alongside you through our telephone befriending support.

We offer our telephone befriending to any parent who has lost a son or daughter from stillbirth up to approximately thirty five years old, in any circumstance and at any stage along their journey of grieving.

It’s really simple to connect with a befriender. Here’s how it works:

1. Call or email Care for the Family and ask to be put in contact with a befriender.  Your details will then be passed to our coordinator, who will call you (it may take a day or two).

2. After listening to your story, our coordinator will link you to a befriender whose experiences best match your needs and situation (matching as best we can either the age of the child or the circumstances in which they died).

3. The befriender will then contact you to start the befriending relationship.

To find out more about our befriending service call us on 029 2081 0800 or email

For more information on our befriending networks, take a look at our frequently asked questions.

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