Support and Advice for Parents around Children and Bereavement

Elaine Masterson, Clinical Manager for FirstLight discusses how do we honour and grieve the child that has died while honouring their siblings...

  • Dated: 14 Nov 2022

November 2022 Newsletter

The ICBN of which FirstLight is a member organisation has organised Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week, November 14 -18. Events include a number...

  • Dated: 03 Nov 2022

Part-time Administrator with FirstLight

6-month Contract – with the possibility of extension FirstLight – a long-established, national charity providing professional crisis intervention and counselling services to parents and...

  • Dated: 02 Sep 2022

How to Cope With the Loss of a Grandchild or Great-Grandchild

When a grandchild or great-grandchild dies, it’s not just their life you grieve but also all the hopes and dreams for their...

  • Dated: 01 Sep 2022

Comforting Parents After the Loss of Their Baby or Child

It is always difficult to find the words to comfort someone who is grieving, perhaps even more so when it involves the...

  • Dated: 01 Sep 2022

September 2022 Newsletter

This edition has a special focus on the upcoming Baby Loss Awareness Week (October 9 to 15) September Newsletter 2022

  • Dated: 01 Sep 2022

May 2022 Newsletter

In this issue, we focus on FirstLight’s Mile in Memory Remembrance Walks 2022 May-2022-NewsletterDownload

  • Dated: 26 May 2022

Irish Sudden Infant Death Association AGM Notice

ISIDA AGM Notice 21-June-2022Download

  • Dated: 26 May 2022

FirstLight Expanding Counsellors Register

Demand for FirstLight’s services in 2021 was the highest since the organisation was established 45 years ago, with 207 families supported nationwide....

  • Dated: 11 May 2022

March 2022 Newsletter

This edition of our newsletter focuses on Mother's Day and the particular challenges that can come with that day. Joan McDonnell, a...

  • Dated: 24 Mar 2022

February 2022 Newsletter

This edition of our newsletter focuses on FirstLight's third Memory Patch Quilt, as well as sharing advice for coping with the sudden...

  • Dated: 02 Feb 2022

Sabina Higgins Views FirstLight Memory Patch Quilt at Áras an Uachtaráin

On Thursday, November 25th, FirstLight’s patron Sabina Higgins very kindly hosted a photo shoot at Áras an Uachtaráin to honour the formal...

  • Dated: 02 Feb 2022

HSE Raises Awareness of Bereavement and Grief this Winter

In December the HSE launched a number of supports to help people who have been bereaved. The global COVID-19 pandemic has had...

  • Dated: 01 Feb 2022

Coping With the Sudden Death of a Child

By Denise Witmer from VeryWell Family When someone close dies at an older age, people often take comfort not only in celebrating...

  • Dated: 01 Feb 2022

FirstLight Nominated as Charity Partner for New Online Store

FirstLight is honoured to have been nominated as one of the charity partners for Wrapped in Kindness a new online store offering...

  • Dated: 11 Jan 2022

November 2021 Newsletter

This Newsletter has a particular focus on supporting children who have experienced bereavement in childhood. I was recently taken aback by the...

  • Dated: 12 Nov 2021

Interview with Georgia Howard on the Power of You Podcast by Jen Cameron

To coincide with Baby Loss Awareness 2021, FirstLight's Clinical Services Director, Georgia Howard, was interviewed by Jen Cameron on The Power of You...

  • Dated: 14 Oct 2021

September 2021 Newsletter

This edition of our Newsletter focuses on Baby Loss Awareness Week which takes place between the 9th and 15th of October and...

  • Dated: 01 Oct 2021

July 2021 Newsletter

In this issue, we share some beautiful photographs taken during the recent Mile in Memory walks. 14 walks took place around the...

  • Dated: 16 Jul 2021

AGM Notice 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will, due to social distancing requirements linked to Covid-19, be...

  • Dated: 26 May 2021

May 2021 Newsletter

Included in this Edition is a reference to a resource (Pregnancy After Loss: A day-by-day plan to reassure and comfort you) to...

  • Dated: 30 Apr 2021

March 2021 Newsletter

Inside you will find a piece by Ian Lawton, a bereaved father, whose second son Hank died when he was just a...

  • Dated: 26 Mar 2021

Former League of Ireland Star Undertaking Walking Relay Challenge in Support of FirstLight

This April, entrepreneur and former League of Ireland Premier Division star Jesse Devers will undertake a walking challenge in aid of the...

  • Dated: 24 Mar 2021

A Time For Reflection By Georgia Howard, Clinical Services Director, FirstLight

The loneliness and isolation felt by the bereaved have been compounded by the restrictions which have created a more profound sense of...

  • Dated: 18 Feb 2021

Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times By the Irish Hospice Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it’s not possible to come together and...

  • Dated: 16 Feb 2021

February 2021 Newsletter

With the support of our Clinical Director, Georgia Howard, and a team of dedicated psychotherapists and counsellors, and through the generosity of...

  • Dated: 12 Feb 2021

November 2020 Newsletter

November is a time for remembrance and in this edition of our Newsletter, we want to share with you details of Bereaved...

  • Dated: 13 Nov 2020

August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 NewsletterDownload It is more than five months since the Covid-19 Lockdown was initiated and considerable uncertainty remains concerning what restrictions...

  • Dated: 26 Aug 2020

AGM Notice 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will, due to social distancing requirements linked to Covid-19, be...

  • Dated: 26 Aug 2020

July 2020 Newsletter

Included in this issue are articles by Litsa Williams and Eleanor Haley, mental health professionals with more than 20 years of experience...

  • Dated: 26 Jun 2020

June 2020 Newsletter

We are very conscious that families experiencing the sudden loss of their child have little or no time to say  ‘ Goodbye’ to...

  • Dated: 28 May 2020

Westmeath College Student to Complete 100K Charity Run in aid of FirstLight

Megan Corcoran, a 19-year-old TU Dublin college student from Streamstown, Co. Westmeath will complete a 100K charity run on a treadmill at...

  • Dated: 07 Apr 2020

Grieving in Exceptional Times by the Irish Hospice Foundation

A death in your family or in your circle of friends is always difficult. You may feel shocked, upset, tearful or distressed....

  • Dated: 04 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Public Health Advice

HSE Public Health Advice for people giving support and advice for people who need support COVID_19-Advice-when-giving-and-receiving-supportsDownload

  • Dated: 04 Apr 2020

March 2020 Newsletter

In these uncertain times, the professional services FirstLight provides are vital to ensuring that suddenly bereaved families across Ireland remain supported in...

  • Dated: 31 Mar 2020

The FirstLight Community Spirit Fund

An important message from FirstLight CEO, Fionnuala Sheehan appealing for support to ensure the consistency of FirstLight’s services. Dear families, friends and...

  • Dated: 23 Mar 2020

AGM Notice 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held in the Maldron Hotel, South Mall, Cork...

  • Dated: 28 Feb 2020

January 2020 Newsletter

2019 was a challenging year for the FirstLight clinical team, a challenge the team met with and accomplished with professionalism and dedication....

  • Dated: 31 Jan 2020

November 2019 Newsletter

Over the last ten-months FirstLight provided professional counselling support to 94 families across Ireland whose child died suddenly. In addition, a number...

  • Dated: 12 Nov 2019

AGM Notice 2019

The Irish Sudden Infant Death Association T/A FirstLight AGM 2019 has been relocated to the Garden Room, Carmichael Centre, 4 North Brunswick...

  • Dated: 11 Nov 2019

FirstLight Memory Patch Quilts History

As the Irish Sudden Infant Death Association approached its 25th anniversary, Bernadette Kiberd, a Registrar of ISIDA, proposed marking this special occasion....

  • Dated: 23 Jul 2019

FirstLight’s Shine A Light Initiative

We want to introduce an official forum where anyone wishing to do so may submit their poetry, artwork, or any other creative...

  • Dated: 23 Jul 2019

VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon 2019

On June 2, 150 runners and 15 teams participated in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin in support of FirstLight. Because...

  • Dated: 22 Jul 2019

Mile In-Memory Walk Poem

As we prepare for our Mile In-Memory Weekend, we will over the coming days be sharing a selection of poems, drawings, paintings...

  • Dated: 15 Jun 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of FirstLight, Thank you for supporting FirstLight in recent times; as well as some 40 families from previous...

  • Dated: 21 Feb 2019

November 2018 Newsletter

In 2017 over 2,000 children and family members received professional support from FirstLight. It is guaranteed this figure will be surpassed in...

  • Dated: 17 Dec 2018

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