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Charity reaches out to bereaved parents 05.12.16

A CHARITY supporting suddenly-bereaved parents and families has said that Christmas is "often far from a time of peace, happiness and goodwill" for people who have experienced the sudden death of a child or young person.
FirstLight acting head of bereavement Margaret McGoldrick said: "Many bereaved parents find the run-up to Christmas – with all the accompanying anticipation – more difficult to cope with than the actual day itself. Christmas can be a painful time whether it’s your first year without your child who has died, or you were bereaved many years ago. You may feel lonely and isolated and feel in contradiction to the festivities that surround you."
FirstLight is reaching out to bereaved families this festive season saying: "If you’re finding it hard to cope with day-to-day stuff then it may help to talk to a professional who specialises in dealing with the sudden loss of a child or young person."
FirstLight offers professional, qualified and confidential services free of charge nationally. It supports parents and families who have lost a child or young person, regardless of the circumstances.
"We know the darkness that consumes anyone who loses a child. We’ve been there. And for 35 years we’ve been helping people through those darkest moments, helping them find the first flicker of hope...the FirstLight."
You can contact the charity now at 1850391391 or 0872423777 or support@firstlight.ie .
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