A national bereavement support phone line, the first of its kind in Ireland, has today been launched by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE.
The phone line aims to provide a safe space for people to speak about their experience with loss or ask questions relating to bereavement.
Phone calls will be listened to with compassion by professionals who will then provide support and information as well as practical tips that may be helpful.
“While we may be seeing reductions in the number of deaths connected to COVID-19, we know people’s pain and grief does not diminish as quickly,” IHF CEO Sharon Foley said of the new service.
“These truly are exceptional times and the Irish Hospice Foundation wanted to develop a service to provide connection, comfort and support as we know that people can experience grief as isolating,” Foley said.
“The COVID-19 restrictions have changed the ways people have died and the ways we grieve and offer condolences. With many people facing bereavement in isolation we wanted to establish a service that could comfort and support these people,” she said.
The national freephone service – 1800 80 70 77 – will be available every Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.