08 Aug 2022

Coping at Christmas after the sudden loss of your child

Coping at Christmas after the sudden loss of your child

FirstLight are there to help those coping with the sudden loss of their child.

FirstLight, a charity supporting suddenly bereaved parents and families, would like to highlight that Christmas for people who have experienced the sudden death of a child or young person, is often far from a time of peace, happiness and goodwill.

Margaret McGoldrick, Acting Head of Bereavement with FirstLight, believes that "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."

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.   

That is why FirstLight are here.

FirstLight offers professional support and information; we are here to support the 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.

All FirstLight professional, qualified and confidential services are provided nationally and free of charge. You can Contact FirstLight on: 1850391391 or 0872423777 or

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