From Inside Out Conference | Cruse Bereavement Care

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On 19th September 2019 the Get Together - Bereaved Families Discovering project, a community of bereaved families, hosted 150 guests at “From Inside Out”, a conference featuring first-hand insights from families on grief and trauma recovery.  

Many delegates praised Brid Carroll’s powerful Keynote address, which can be accessed at Keynote address: Brid Carroll

Brid is a Psychotherapist with a specialism in childhood bereavement, and chairs the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network.

The From Inside Out conference, held at Riddel Hall, Queens University, Belfast, was attended by a wide range of delegates, including Teachers, Social Workers, Clergy, Counseling Practitioners, Youth Workers and bereaved families.  

David Cunningham, Get Together Creative Therapist, delivered a Trauma Recovery workshop with two families.  His presentation can be found here: Psycho-educational Tools for Families in Trauma: David Cunnigham

The conference, featuring “experts by experience”—courageous young people and families—was opened by a 12-year-old boy named Sammie, whose family had participated in Get Together after the death of his baby brother Eli. This was followed by an inter-cultural volunteer panel, including this story from Nour Kenno.  

We were delighted that the BBC and Belfast Telegraph shared our learning widely by interviewing some of the families who delivered the conference. Their stories are found here:

Young people helping teachers handle bereavement  
Armagh sisters who lost mum to cancer will tell event how they coped with grief 

Pictures clockwise from left:  Sammie opens the conference; From Inside Out Youth Panel; Drumming during lunch hour; Keynote speaker Brid Carrol

The Get Together - Bereaved Families Discovering project has been a 5-year partnership project between Cruse Bereavement Care and Corrymeela, supported by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.  We regret to inform you that our National Lottery Community Fund Supporting Families grant finished on 30th September 2019, which means we will no longer be able to offer family support through the Get Together project.  

However, Cruse continues to support adults and bereaved children aged 4-18 across Northern Ireland. Get in touch with your nearest Cruse Area office if you are seeking 1-1 support for a bereaved child or young person. Young people can also access online support via our youth website ( and phone support through our helpline on 0808 808 1677.  Over the next few months we will strive to secure further funding to enhance Cruse Bereavement Care’s services to children and young people in Northern Ireland.