Parent Support Meetings

Upcoming Parent Support Meetings

These meetings are informal meetings where parents can talk to each other, facilitated by a trained member of the Support Team.

Dads Only Support – Meet Up (Walk & Coffee)
Sunday 24th March – Oldbridge House, Co Meath, 9.30am – 11.30am

Parent Support Meeting – North County Dublin/Meath & Louth
Tuesday 26th March, 2019, City North Hotel, Gormanston, 7.30pm till 9.30pm

For meetings around the country to go ahead we will need at least 6 parents to confirm their attendance (by emailing info@alittllifetime.ie or calling 01 8829030).

Please call (01) 882 9030 for details of meeting in your area or if you would like a meeting organised and we will see if we are in a position to do so.

 

 

Closed Group Meetings – Newly Bereaved Parents

Closed Group Meetings

These are our four week closed support group meetings for newly bereaved parents.

A Little Lifetime Foundation have recently added a four week closed support group for recently bereaved parents, facilitated by Dr. Peter Hanlon and a Member of our Support Team.

The group offers parents a place to come each week to meet other bereaved Mums and Dads who are also starting off on this sad journey. In that shared experience you will find genuine understanding, care and support.

The four week sessions takes place in our charity premises and starts on the first Tuesday of every month (and each Tuesday to end of month) from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a new group of parents each month.

Other supports services available in ALLF include online forum, private facebook pages, parents support meetings, creative workshops and one to one counseling sessions.

All our services are free of charge.

Please email info@alittlelifetime.ie if you would like to attend a future meeting.

One-to-One Counselling

One-To-One Counselling Sessions

Facilitated by Dr. Peter Hanlon to any parent/parents who need extra support. Provided free of charge by A Little Lifetime Foundation. No waiting list.

Group For Parents Who Have Lost A Twin Or Multiple

Group For Parents Who Have Lost A Twin Or Multiple

A Little Lifetime has a new closed Facebook group for parents who have lost a twin or a triplet in their multiple pregnancy. It has proved very popular and numbers are growing all the time.

It is a caring and supportive place to share thoughts on this unique loss. Many parents who have lost a twin or a triplet struggle with mixed emotions: simultaneously sad for the baby they have lost and
overjoyed with the baby or babies who have survived.

There can be feelings of guilt in enjoying precious and loving moments with a surviving baby. Occasions such as birthdays and Christmas can be bittersweet, as can milestones like the baby’s first step or first
word. Big life events such as starting school can be very emotional. It is good for parents to have a place to share these conflicting feelings with others who understand and have been there. The group is open
to anyone to join. It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/394614780881148/

Mary McGrath
Co-Ordinator

Concerns With Care Support Group

Concerns With Care Support Group

Since November 2016 as part of their parent support groups, A Little Lifetime Foundation offer a “Concerns with Care” support group. Meetings take place at A Little Lifetime Foundations premises at 18 Orion Business Campus, Rosemount Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15.

The group offers support for parents who have concerns with the care they received during their pregnancy, delivery or aftercare.

Meetings gives you the opportunity to share your story, discuss how your concerns with care are impacting your grief. Being with other parents who are also challenged by their individual experiences regarding their care and the loss of their babies can have a positive effect as hearing each others stories allows for sharing of information and support. To encourage parents to stay connected between meetings access to a
private moderated facebook page is also available.

Since its inception four meetings have taken place and it is hoped to continue to offer this group at 6-8 weekly intervals. If you would like any further information about this group you can email me at alittlelifetimekim@gmail.com

Kim Lally
Co-Ordinator
Concerns With Care Support Group.

Pregnancy After Loss (PAL)

Pregnancy After Loss (PAL)

PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS (ALLF PAL)

Pregnancy is normally associated with high hopes and expectations for the future. However for those of us who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy or after birth, finding out you’re pregnant again can bring a myriad of emotions and can be a very daunting and anxious time. Pregnancy after loss unfortunately feels nothing like pregnancy before our innocence was taken away. Decisions that once seemed simple become complicated and milestones you once reached with ease now feel like you’re climbing mountains.

Many mums experience a rollercoaster of mixed emotions; still grieving the child you lost while hoping that you’ll become a parent once again and bring this baby home to raise and nurture.

We know how hard this time can be and we’d like to be there to support you every step of the way on your pregnancy journey, helping you to choose hope over fear.

OUR HOPES…

HopeThat all those going through the journey of pregnancy after loss find support from people who understand what an anxious and scary time it can be. We hope that by sharing your hopes and fears with others that you can find comfort and support to help you to cope. You can find support through our Facebook group or at our support meetings.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

We hold regular Pregnancy After Loss support meetings which can be held online or when feasible at our ALLF Head Office.  We hope that at these meetings you will meet virtually or in person, other bereaved mums and dads who are on similar journeys, who can identify with the rollercoaster of emotions that you may be feeling.  Sometimes it’s good just to know that you are not on your own, but even more than that, to know that what you are feeling is ‘normal’ given what you’ve been through.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Please visit our closed Facebook Group (ALLF PAL) to connect to others in a supportive peer to peer community online, where you can be open and honest about your feelings and share your experiences with others who know what you are going through. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALLFPAL

ALLF PSAD (Pregnancy Support After Diagnosis)

The days and weeks following confirmation that a baby will die in utero or shortly after birth are utterly devastating and difficult beyond words. Our ALLF PSAD (Pregnancy Support After Diagnosis) group offers parents in this situation a supportive and understanding place to discuss their hopes, fears and concerns for their baby. During what can be a hugely uncertain and lonely time it can be so helpful and reassuring
to talk to other parents who have gone through or are going through a similar experience.

Our ALLF PSAD group is a closed Facebook group and is facilitated by Debbie Brady, Jillian Concannon and Aoife Conlan. We invite parents who have gone through or are currently going through a pregnancy where a fatal foetal abnormality has been diagnosed to join our group. We also offer support meetings and private counselling sessions.

Debbie Brady

Creative Workshops

Creative Workshops

Organised by Allf for parents to create keepsakes to remember their babies. Ceramics, pebble art, scrap-booking, sewing/ embroidery, candle making, flower arranging, making teddy-bear from baby’s/family clothes, relaxation and many more.

Ron Smith Murphy
Co-Ordinator/Facilitator

All our support services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers. Our services are free of charge.