Our services are provided to all families who have lost a child up to the age of 12 years . All our services are provided nationwide and are free of charge.
National Local helpline 1850 391 391
FirstLight’s support services include a national low cost helpline, which is monitored throughout the day. This service is confidential, and is available seven days a week.
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
Individual sessions are available to people who are in emotional and psychological distress. This can take many forms including depression, fear, anxiety, a loss of meaning in life. It is often helpful to talk to a stranger, where you don’t have to worry about burdening them with your feelings.
Home visits are provided to newly bereaved parents. The aim of this visit is to provide parents with the opportunity to ask questions, talk about their child, and about the grieving process in the privacy and comfort of their own home. Parents are encouraged to talk through our services and discuss what their own individual needs may be.
When FirstLight is informed of the death of a child, immediate contact is made with the family. Parents need to be able to make choices and decide for themselves what is best for them and their families. The purpose of this intervention is to offer advice and suggestions in the days following the death and in preparation for the funeral.
Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy
Distress may be caused by growing conflict, poor communication, difficulty with acknowledging and expressing feelings or a range of other factors. No two people grieve the same, but because of that some or all of the above factors may become obvious in the relationship. This type of therapy can help couples come together to discuss their feelings and thoughts.
The befriending service is on offer to bereaved parents. Befrienders are parents who have attended bereavement groups and following this have been trained in basic listening and befriending skills. Our Befrienders’ contact with parents is by phone.
FirstLight offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and children. With your continued support we can continue to provide our services for free across Ireland.