The side photographs on this website are by:
Archdeacon Kevin Lyon
Blessington, Co. Wicklow




Welcome to Bethany Bereavement Support Group website

Who we are
We are a voluntary community and parish based service. Our objective is to support the bereaved through the grieving process and our services are totally free of charge and confidential within the law.
The name "Bethany" is derived from the story of Jesus' friends Martha & Mary who lived in a village called Bethany and grieved over the death of their brother Lazarus.

Our Mission Statement
To provide a voluntary community and parish based service, which aims to support bereaved adults through the grieving process.

The Grieving Journey
Grieving is a natural process and is normally helped by the support and understanding of family and friends. Sometimes a bereaved person may need the support of a skilled person to help them journey through their loss in a positive way. Strong feelings such as anger, guilt, fear and depression are quite normal but need to be expressed, cried over; and put into perspective.

How we can help
Bethany volunteers listen with understanding and empathy. They accept those suffering loss as they are; and will support the bereaved for as long as they need. For information on our services please go to the "About Us" link above or click here.

Information on Bereavement and Grief
For information on Bereavement and Grief please go to the “Tasks” link above or click here.

For Support
Please find your local community and parish group in "Contacts" link above, click here or contact the Helpline 087 9905299

To set up a new Bethany Group or become a volunteer
Please contact the Bethany helpline below, or your local community and parish group in the “Contacts” link above or click here.

For information on upcoming workshops please go to the “Seminars” link above or click here.

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person
in our lives means the most to us, we often find
that it is those who, instead of giving advice,
solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share
our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and
tender hand.”

— Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)
Catholic Priest, Author

General Executive Committee 2018
Fr. Myles O' Reilly - Spiritual Director
Aine Lavelle - Chairperson
June Murphy - Secretary
Marie Carroll - Treasurer
Shirley Scott - Co-ordinator Website

Claire Missen - Co-ordinator of Mentoring
Liz Ronaldson - Co-ordinator GEC Administration
Martin Walshe - Co-ordinator of Bethany Resources
Awaiting Appointment - Co-ordinator of Bethany Telephone Services
Joan Fogarty - Co-ordinator of Publicity

Margaret Chambers - Co-ordinator of Training

Contact the General Executive Council

General Executive Council
c/o Rathfarnham Parish Centre
Willbrook Road
Rathfarnham
Dublin 14.
Phone: 087 9905299
Email: bethanysupport@eircom.net