This section helps parents to easily find information and supports related to the loss of a child or infant or loss during pregnancy. There is also information about supports available for palliative and end of life care, supporting siblings, memory making and financial supports available.

Bereavement support and information…

The sections below signpost to a range of resources to support bereaved families or families whose child is
receiving palliative or end of life care

Hospital supports

A range of support staff and teams may be available to support your family during and after loss of a baby or child.

  • Palliative care team and professionals

  • Medical social worker (MSW)

  • Hospital chaplain

  • Other medical professionals – a range of other professionals may support your family.

General bereavement supports and information

Bereavement supports  – Loss of an infant or loss during pregnancy

Bereavement supports  – Loss of a child

Finding supports – Receiving a life-limiting diagnosis

Click below to find resources if your child has received a life-limiting or life-shortening diagnosis.

Receiving a life-limiting diagnosis for your child

Palliative care and end of life supports and information

The sections below provide details of hospitals and community supports available for children receiving palliative or end of life care.

Hospital supports

A range of support staff and teams may be available to support your family

  • Palliative Care Team

  • Medical Social Worker (MSW)

  • Hospital Chaplain

  • Other medical professionals – other members of your child’s care team may provide supports for your family.

Supports and information


Jack and Jill The Childrens Foundation || 045 894 538

Jack and Jill provides in-home nursing care and respite support throughout Ireland for children up to the age of 6 with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay. This may include children with brain injury, genetic diagnosis, cerebral palsy, and undiagnosed conditions. Another key part of their service is end of life care for all children up to the age of 6, irrespective of diagnosis.


LauraLynn Ireland || 01 2893151

LauraLynn provides specialist palliative and supportive care services to meet the needs of children (0-18 years old) with life-limiting conditions and their families in Ireland. LauraLynn provides care for the child while also supporting the whole family with targeted supports available to siblings, parents, grandparents and more. Care can be delivered at the hospice building in Dublin or in the family home with the Care in the Community Team providing care and supports in children’s homes across Leinster, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Supporting siblings

Supports and information for bereaved children and teens

Memory making

Keepsakes can play a vital role in the grieving process following loss of a baby or child and many parents and family members find making memories and having such reminders afterwards a great comfort.

Memory making activities can involve anything that is meaningful to your family such as photographs, crafts, moulds of hands or feet,
creating memory boxes and many other possibilities. Ask your nurse, medical social worker or play specialist about memory making
supports available in the hospital.

See below for additional memory making ideas and resources.


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Ireland || 083 377 4777

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep provides free photography services for babies who will never have the opportunity to have professional photography i.e. babies who were stillborn, have died in the early days after birth, have never left the hospital, or who are sent home or to a hospice.