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

Welcome to Bet
hany Bereavement Support Group website

As the restrictions imposed during the pandemic are lifted, we would ask that groups returning to group meetings, one to one appointments or training, do so following any protective measures recommended by the parish/community setting they are working in. Bethany Bereavement Support can still be contacted at or
call / text 087 9905299. Resources can be viewed and downloaded from the Training and Events section of the website. Please keep in touch with us and know that you are not alone during these challenging times.

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 2021
Fr. Myles O' Reilly - Spiritual Director
Ann Hunt - Co - Chairperson
Shirley Scott - Co - Chairperson
Ann Hunt - Secretary
Marie Carroll - Treasurer

Shirley Scott - Co-ordinator Website
Liz Ronaldson - Co-ordinator GEC Administration
Martin Walshe - Co-ordinator of Bethany Resources
Awaiting Appointment - Co-ordinator of Training
Claire Missen - Co-ordinator of Mentoring
Aine Lavelle - GEC Member
Andrea Hayes – GEC Member

Contact the General Executive Council

General Executive Council
c/o Rathfarnham Parish Centre
Willbrook Road
Dublin 14.
Phone: 087 9905299