SER Family Support Network
Introducing a new regional Bereavement Support Group
This programme is for anyone bereaved through substance use or related issues, it is for parents, grandparents, siblings, adult children or partners. We hope that the support being provided will help those through this painful time. We understand each family’s story is unique and that they may face specific difficulties due to circumstances of the bereavement. Bereavement is a journey that families go through as they adjust to the painful loss of someone they love. It can help to know that they are not alone, there is support available and there is hope for the future.
The group meets monthly on Tuesday evening 5-7pm just outside New Ross Co. Wexford. This support process will be guided by a professional bereavement counselor. There is no cost involved for those attending
Please support anyone you know you have been bereaved in this way by giving them this information.
If you wish to attend or need further information please contact, Breda at 051 312010 or 086 6045805 or Ann @087 9351754
SER Family Support Network
Annual General Meeting Saturday 25th of April 2014 @ 11.30pm,
Members of Peer Family Support Groups you are invited to this year’s SER Family Support Network’s Annual General. The AGM is an opportunity for family members, voluntary facilitators, management committee and others to come together and discuss issues, receive information and network with other groups. Please join us, for further details contact Breda at 086 6045804
Relaxation Art Therapy Workshop Saturday 25th of April @ 2-5 pm
Family Members enjoy finding your creativity through art, paint and clay.
Help us create a communal art piece
With ART Therapist Sandra Kelly
Workshop for Families of Prisoners
Saturday 28 February,
We are organising this workshop because we know that one of the tragic repercussions of drug use for families is seeing their loved ones go to prison or in involved with the criminal justice system.
The aim of this workshop is to help with many of the practical and emotional issues such as visits, drug treatment in prisons, procedures for bringing children to visit, maintain family life and dealing with the worries for loved ones in prison.
This workshop is being delivered with the support of U-Casadh, a social inclusion project who provide support to people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
All facilitators and family members are encouraged to attend.
For further information please contact Breda 086 6045805
A reminder to members of family support groups that the 16th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope takes place on Sunday 1st FEBRUARY 2015 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1 at 7.30pm
We wish all the members of our family support groups a very Happy Christmas and and peaceful new year. This is our favourite poem for you by our favourite poet John O’Donoghue
A New Year Blessing
On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
the grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets onto you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life
From your friends
The SER Family Support Network has developed a new Family Information & Support Handbook,
It includes sections on,
How the Problem of drug use in family affects Parents & Families
Facing Drug Use in the Family
Different Ways of Coping in the family
Understanding addcction and recovery
What Can a Family Do
It also deals with issues such as
Health, Grantparent issue, Guardianship, Breavement, Intimidation and many other issues that can help family menbers trying to cope with drug use in the family
The handbook will be promoted as part of a our Peer Family Support programme
The Handbook will be formally launched by Minister of State, Alex White on Tuesday 19th of February, in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow @ 11am
Family Members welcome
We invite all family support group members to take time out to come to our annual workshops/conference on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of November. This is an opportunity to take time out to relax in a lovely setting and learn new sills with family members from other groups. To attend please contact Breda at 051 312010 or email email@example.com
The twelfth Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street on Wednesday1st February 2011. The purpose of the Service is to provide a special place for families and communities to mark their grief for family members who have died through drug use and/or related causes.
We would like to congratulate those of our Facilitators who recently completed the training and accreditation process in Basic Family Mediation. We look forward to being able to introduce mediation as part of our support for family members.