Bereavement Pin Launched

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It is estimated that some 300,000 are newly affected by bereavement every year.  Earlier this month, RTE’s Pat Kenny launched a new Bereavement Pin for the Irish Hospice Foundation, created by Irish jewellery designer, Alan Ardiff, to encourage Irish society to acknowledge loss and grief.

The discreet new silver pin is circular, to represent the circle of life. A heart at the centre reflects the loss of a loved one, while the 12 dots around the edge may be taken to symbolise time and/or the community of family, friends and neighbours who can support us in our grief.

Traditionally, people used dress in black or wear a black armband to indicate recent bereavement.  “Many of Ireland’s old traditions had a purpose,” says Pat Kenny, “The Bereavement Pin is a modern twist on the tradition of highlighting a loss. It  can be used as a reminder to ourselves and others that we are grieving.”

The Bereavement Pin will be distributed free of charge to hospices and bereavement support groups countrywide. It will be available to the general public from the Kilkenny Shop in Nassau Street, Dublin, or from the IHF, at a cost of €20.  The Bereavement Pin was not developed with fundraising in mind; however, any profits will go towards bereavement support in Ireland.