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Bereavement support group welcomes new members

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, is reaching out to those bereaved by cancer to join their monthly bereavement support group, which begins again this November.

Facilitated by counsellor and psychotherapist, Claire Lyons Forde, the free online group meetings offer a safe, supportive and confidential environment to those struggling with the loss of a loved one through cancer.

Whether you want to share your own personal story or simply sit and listen to what is being discussed, the group has proven to be a huge source of support and comfort to those dealing with loss.

“When a loved one dies, mourning is what we do and what people can see on the outside, but grief is what goes on in the inside," course facilitator Claire explained.

"Our experience of grief is individual to each one of us and is as unique as our fingerprint. At the Recovery Haven’s bereavement support group meetings, people are offered a warm and friendly welcome in a safe and confidential space. They have a choice of sitting quietly and listening to what is being said or taking part in the chat and sharing their story and what they find helpful as they journey through their own grief.

“Being in the company of others who understand the pain you are going through is comforting and can help people feel less alone. Bereavement support group meetings allow people to give themselves permission to grieve and just be themselves, knowing that they are fully supported as they do so.”

The group meets on the third Thursday of every month, with the next meeting taking place online on November 18.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this group meeting, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to join.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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