Bereavement Services

What services are available?

Barnardos’ Children’s Bereavement Helpline Service

Barnardos Helpline Service - (01) 473 2110 - is available from 10am-12pm Monday to Thursday to members of the public seeking information and support in relation to bereavement. The Helpline is operated by fully trained and supported volunteers. 

Therapeutic intervention

Specialist bereavement project workers based in Cork and Dublin work with children from all across the country. The service offered is based on the individual needs of each child and their family. Our service takes into consideration the developmental stage of the child, the child's relationship with the deceased, the nature of the death and particular circumstances of the family. Download more info

Community Resourcing

For community-based professionals who are encountering bereaved children.

How do I access a service?

Children must be referred to the Children’s Bereavement Service. Referrals will be accepted from anybody who has the consent of parents/carers.

  • Parents and carers are welcome to contact us directly.
  • Referrals can be made through the helpline 01 473 2110 or by contacting our service in Cork and Dublin.
  • Other agencies can make referrals using the Barnardos Children’s Bereavement referral form which is available on request from [email protected]

Contact us

Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Helpline: (01) 473 2110 Open Monday to Thursday, 10am-12pm

Dublin Office: 23/24 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1 (01) 8134100 [email protected]

Cork Office: 8/9 Orchard View, Ring Mahon Road, Mahon, Cork (021) 4357679  [email protected]

Training, Consultancy and Research

Barnardos provides training and consultancy for groups and organisations whose work brings them into contact with bereaved children. We also undertake research on issues relating to childhood bereavement. Please email [email protected] for more information.

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Advice for young people

Coping with death

External Resources

For further information on childhood bereavement we recommend visiting The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network website