Based in Wicklow, Ireland, Shapes of Grief is a Podcast/blog by Liz Gleeson, Bereavement Therapist. Her conversations with guests explore grief in all its facets, with an aim to normalise the grief experience and share the many ways that people manage and transform their suffering.

Ep. 24 Siobhan Overson on being orphaned at 2yrs old and a life-long grief for the parents & brother she doesn't remember

Ep. 24 Siobhan Overson on being orphaned at 2yrs old and a life-long grief for the parents & brother she doesn't remember

Listen to the episode here https://anchor.fm/shapes-of-grief/episodes/Ep--24-Siobhan-Overson-on-being-orphaned-at-2yrs-old-and-a-life-long-grief-for-the-parents--brother-she-doesnt-remember-e56g7f

When Siobhan was two years old, both her parents, her older brother who was seven and her aunt all died in a drowning tragedy on Carlingford Lough. Siobhan, her eleven month-old brother Terry and a nine-year-old sister Orla, were separated from each other and taken in by two sets of grandparents and were raised in a society that didn’t condone mourning or talk of grief. Siobhan tells us about how she created an imaginary life for herself as a child and how this loss coloured her life experience and influenced her life choices. Decades later, Siobhan still feels anxious whenever she has to wait for someone and how she finds solace in the company of family and friends. She finds healing in the work she does with grieving children who come to the Rainbows programme which Siobhan facilitates and offers advice to anyone supporting a grieving child.

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BBC coverage of the commemoration https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-49318332/carlingford-lough-haulbowline-lighthouse-memorial-for-dead?ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=northern_ireland&ns_campaign=bbc_news_ni&ns_source=twitter

The article that appeared in the local paper in August 2019

The article that appeared in the local paper in August 2019

The article that appeared in the local paper at the time of the tragedy.

The article that appeared in the local paper at the time of the tragedy.


Ep. 25 Aisling Fitzgibbon and her search for meaning and purpose in her own life and in her mother's death

Ep. 25 Aisling Fitzgibbon and her search for meaning and purpose in her own life and in her mother's death

Ep. 23 Siobhan Daffy on bereavement overload; when it seems like everyone is dying

Ep. 23 Siobhan Daffy on bereavement overload; when it seems like everyone is dying

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