Cruse Bereavement Care in Northern Ireland has published a new ‘Help & Hope’ booklet to help inform and support men who have been bereaved, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund NI through the Together For You project.
There was a strong interest and attendance, including some local organisations who provide support and services for men; representing organisations such as Male Empowerment Network; St Vincent de Paul; Omagh Men's Support Group; Care for Cancer; Omagh Support & Self Help Group Aware Defeat Depression, and others.
The event was in partnership with Omagh Support & Self Help Group, with Mr Michael Gallagher the guest speaker.
Alex McMeekin, the Cruse Together For You Manager said “we know that men may express their grief in different ways to women, and employ different strategies to help them cope. We felt it was important to develop a support booklet specifically for men, providing helpful information, advice, and first-hand accounts from other men who have been bereaved. The booklet has been developed by men, for men.”
Michael Gallagher spoke movingly and honestly of the personal impact of his bereavement experiences. Of the Cruse booklet Michael said “there has been a gap in recognising the difficulties men face through grief, and it is important that this book is published and available throughout the community, so that men feel that there are other men who understand their pain. It is an excellent resource, and I am happy to recommend it to men who have been bereaved”.
Gerry McHugh, Chairperson of Omagh & Fermanagh Cruse Office also spoke about the services Cruse provide locally. Cruse Northern Ireland has been providing support, advice and information to bereaved people, including adults, children and young people since 1984. There are seven area offices located throughout Northern Ireland.
Picture, from left to right:
Gerry McHugh: Chairperson of Cruse Omagh & Fermanagh Office, Alex McMeekin: Project Manager, Cruse Together For You Project, Michael Gallagher: Omagh Support & Self Help Group, Terry Mulholland: Co-ordinator, Cruse Together For You Project, Paul Finnegan: NI Cruse Director